The rain today was a constant flow of small squalls off the Atlantic onto shore, an "easterly wave" that was originally supposed to be here tomorrow but got here early. There was a lot of lightning, but nothing that unusual for here. We aren't exactly in the lightning capital of America, but you can see those storms from here. Because of that, we're relatively hardened: surge suppressors on virtually everything. We're also on underground utilities, which helps, although one bit of damage about 20 years ago blew a telephone junction box off the back of the house and across the yard. Although we haven't had any real damage in a while, you're never really safe from it.
the number of annual thunderstorm days in the central Florida area are:
- East coast (Melbourne/Vero Beach) = 70-80
- Interior (Orlando) = 80-90
- West coast (Lakeland) = 90-100