It was a matter of 30 seconds or less that separated cloudy but dry from the torrential downpours that came through Weston Thursday afternoon. While many were prepared for a strong storm, they weren't expecting something like what Thursday brought through the area.
"We had just looked at the radar on the iPhone, and we could see it coming, but we didn't expect anything like this. This is a mess!" said Renee Moodispaw of the Weston Veterinary Hospital.
The Lewis County Office of Emergency Management had been preparing, especially with the memory of last year's summer derecho still fresh in many minds.
"We got out our emergency plans and looked at those and reviewed those, since it's been a year, and just saw who was available and who wasn't," said Bill Rowan, director of the county's office of emergency management.
Almost every fire department in the county was out working on Thursday, clearing limbs off roads and downed power lines, a job Moodispaw saw the need for firsthand, as two trees were damaged very close to the vet office.
"I looked out the window and saw one of the limbs on the trees out there come crashing down on the staircase. Then we looked out this window, and that's when the big tree over there came crashing down also," Moodispaw said.
Rowan said the storm was expected to last through much of the day, and wanted county residents to know he and his staff will be available if they need help.
"If they have an emergency, dial 9-1-1, if not, they can call the emergency management office at 269-8235."