LIGHTNING struck the garage of a Diamond Vale woman’s home early yesterday morning zapping off a chunk of concrete from the wall.
She was among the scores of Diego Martin residents who yesterday woke up to an almost monumental task of cleaning around their homes and streets as the west Trinidad community began their recovery following yesterday’s early morning lightning storm.
Speaking to the Express, the Ruby Avenue, Diamond Vale resident did not want to be named.
“I was really scared this morning (yesterday morning) and my dogs were going crazy.”
She said, “I’ve never really experienced any kind of weather like that but when the lightening flashed it seemed that the whole house just lit up and then went into darkness. When we got up this morning we discovered this hole in the garage. I thought it was very large bullet hole but then my son looked at it and saw the burn marks and we realised that it was lightning.”
Her family was one of the scores of households that were affected by last year’s floods from which they had recovered only to be inundated again this time during the wee hours of the morning.
Along with most of Trinidad and Tobago residents in Diego Martin as well witnessed flashes of sheet and forked lightning in an event described by many social site users as one of the prettiest as well as one of the most disturbing light shows they had ever seen.
What made it more memorable for them was that the lightning briefly illuminated the damage caused by flooding which they would have to face the following morning.
From as early as 2 a.m. yesterday the Diego Martin River broke its banks, spewing silt and other debris onto the Diego Martin Highway.