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Lightning storm – South Carolina, U. S. A. 

There’s just something about a wicked storm. In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, it rains every afternoon for about an hour. Then before you can blink, the sky is clear again – as blue as the water below it, and as peaceful as the pond full of swans near the beach.

On our last night, we witnessed our first real storm. A tornado was passing through the region and although it missed South Carolina, it did leave a few destructive souvenirs in its wake. When the rain started to beat down, and the sky turned black (not grey, but apocalypse-like black) people sprinted through the parking lot, towels over their heads, panic on their faces. I watched calmly from our balcony, in awe of the wild lightning and thunder. Just like in the movies, the sky would flash a bright white every few minutes, lightning would twist across the sky, and the ground would shake from the thunderous roar. It was the craziest storm I have ever seen, and the most gorgeous. Standing near the metal railing, snapping dozens of shots, was probably not the brightest idea… but with every crackle I felt a little more hardcore.

Photo and write-up by Sophia Loffreda

@sloffreda

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