Global Warming I am sure will get a mention when people remember the storm of the 4th July 2006.
The day was hot from the off. I got up at 5.15am for a 6 am start and the atmosphere was already close. The sky was crystal clear. The sun, when it emerged was big and brilliant and did not give a clue of what was to come later.
Mat and I continued with the pool house stonework. Progress was good but the temperature extreme and at times overpowering. I certainly suffered with the heat and intense sun.
By 6 pm the atmosphere was unbearable and extremely heavy. In the distance a dark blue blob appeared. The rumble of thunder could be heard and the flicker of lightening flashed every 30 seconds or so. There was no indication at that point of the intensity of the brewing storm.
I took a video as the lightening and thunder intensified and the sky blackened. The rain started slowly but within 30 minutes was as heavy as anything we had ever seen, The initial storm at the time we thought was the worst but didn't realise the night would get wilder.
By 9pm the power had gone and the rain and wind lashed against the building. The noise was like an express train thundering through a tunnel combined with a jet plane taking off.
By now water was pouring under the front door and also through the joints of the windows.
The following morning the damage slowly became apparent. Trees were snapped like matches. Our neighbour lost 60 prune trees, torn from the ground.
I have no idea if it was a hurricane but it was a powerful storm. EDF were certainly tested and today nearly two days later we had power restored.
I fear the repercussions will be felt for a long time. The trees that bore the plumb which survived had been forced to jettison its valuable fruit and the livelihood of their owner sleeps on the ground below the tree that once was its lifeblood.