Along with Wednesday’s flooding on Essen and Acadian, lightning sparked house fires in Comite Hills and Jefferson Park. Entergy reported 6,600 outages; 1,500 Demco customers were affected. Years ago, much to the irritation of my brother Kevin, Cindy Bridge would call her cat home. She would holler, with her speech impediment, “Miiiiidnight, time for din-oar, (dinner)” at which point the cat would be launched through the air, banging the aluminum panel on the storm door, courtesy of my brother Kevin. I asked Kevin the whereabouts of Midnight. Our home, built in 1904, was considered technologically advanced because of its lightning rods. Kevin identified a severe thunderstorm in 1968 when Midnight was curled up at the base of the lightning rod, not making it home for “din-oar.” Fastcast: Muggy.
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