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Uprooted in the Storm

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I swear I was struck by lightning the other day. Well, maybe not literally. But it flew right by my nose. I was crossing the street, when a bolt zoomed past me and this lady carrying a bundle of FedEx packages. She almost lost them all to the curb. On second thought, maybe it wasn't lightning — maybe it was just McFly jetting back to the future. Okay, that was lame. But you get the idea.

This tree was also a victim of DC's thunderstorms. There's something magical about it. I couldn't help but snap a few shots. It feels like something we'd see in a Guillermo del Toro film...or maybe Tim Burton a la Sleepy Hollow. (Oh, Johnny.)

What's the craziest/coolest collection of debris you've seen after a thunderstorm? And have you ever been struck by lightning? How did it feel?