At 6:00pm today as we were sitting down to eat supper, there was a flicker in the electrical grid and we were treated to a freak storm, the likes of which I've never seen. It was really cool! There was a ton of rain and lightning and hail! It seemed to be totally isolated to the Orleans area (check this web article out) and sent man-hole covers spewing into the air with the force of all the water. It's a good thing we live at the top of Chapel Hill. I grabbed the video camera and took some footage from my house.