The rain stopped by mid-morning, but only after eighteen hours of downpour. The lightning was the most amazing. The sky was lit up for hours. I woke up at about 5 o’clock this morning thinking that a fire truck or police car was parked outside with its strobes on, but it was the sky flickering. Clouds here on the Gulf coast tend to be very low, and many thunderclaps set off car alarms and shook buildings. I have never ever seen a thunderstorm like that.