This morning at around 2 AM we were awakened to a brilliant flash of lightening followed immediately by a tremendous crack of thunder. It was so loud (how loud was it?) it set off the alarm in the car!
It reminded me of a storm back around 1959-60. It wasn't a hurricane, just one of those tropical depressions that pass over during the summer. They can sometimes dump a lot of rain and be quite noisy.
Our cousins, Frances and John-John, were visiting from Puerto Rico. One night we all went to bed only to be awakened when lightening hit a power pole near our house. The concussion from the noise of the thunder was so great a crack formed in the concrete block wall of my bedroom.
Of course we all woke up and wandered around the house in semi-dazed states. Mom made hot chocolate to sooth our rattled nerves and we all went back to bed.
Oh...did I say we ALL woke? That's not quite the truth. My cousin Frances slept through the whole thing. She was upset when she found out she had missed having hot chocolate.
"Why didn't you wake me up?"
"You were sleeping so soundly."
We still tease her about it. And she still sleeps the sleep of the dead. A rocket could lift off from her room and she'd never hear it.