Crashes of thunder woke many Blue Earth residents last Saturday, but one local woman was awakened by the storm for a different reason.
Shannon Leyva saw a flash of lightning and heard a loud crash of thunder during the storm.
"The thunder was so loud it woke me up,"?she says.
It was around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, but something told Leyva to investigate the loud boom.
"I?put on my glasses, looked out my window and saw the tree in the yard was down,"?she says.
The lightning had struck the tree, splitting the trunk and causing it to fall to the ground. Leyva was even able to see singe marks on the trunk of the tree where it was struck.
At the time, Leyva thought her eyes were playing tricks on her, so she and her husband went outside to assess the damage.
"I thought the tree had landed on both my car and my van,"?she adds. "But luckily it just hit the van."
She also worried that the fallen tree had struck the upstairs window of the house where her son was sleeping. Luckily the house was untouched, but her son was still affected by the storm.
"His baseball gloves are trapped in the van so we've had to borrow gloves from other people,"?Leyva jokes.
She was grateful that the tree hadn't fallen on the house or the nearby garage.
"The other side of the tree is leaning toward the garage. So, I?was glad that part didn't fall down, too," she says.
A crew came around 10 a.m. last Monday morning to clear the tree and free the van.