You are totally right Taz.
I had noticed the dark clouds and I think we all hoped for a little rain. I checked the radar on my phone and it wasn't too bad, yet.
When I heard thunder I tuned into the local news and they were warning folks of "egg sized hail." Then I saw them point out the strong bow echo and one of the meteorologists said something in the background about 50 mph winds.
I'm the local weather nut in my family so I grabbed the cordless to call my sister who lives out in the country and gets spotty reception at best. I left her a message while moving to close the front door and it was on us. Howling winds pushing through the (closed) windows and knocking the blinds around.
The power stuttered about 3 times and that was that.
It was super quick and not much advanced notice that it was coming.
I have been lax in keeping emergency rations, other than water which I usually have on hand, but I'm gonna work on some kind of kit. Thankfully a couple of stores were open today and had fully stocked shelves, but a week from now who knows what will be available. My closest store is without power, and lost all their frozen items. It's craziness!
BTW, my BF loved that time lapse radar of the storm you posted. Really neat! Posted via Mobile Device