We had a thunderstorm roll through here day before yesterday, nothing special, no "severe" warnings. I'd been working on my car, came inside just as the first drop hit my arm. Since it's a thunderstorm, I did the prudent thing and avoided starting the dishes in the sink.
This was a very good thing, in retrospect. About ten minutes after I came back in the house, lightning blew our chimney to smithereens, taking out a variety of equipment in the house as well. A portion of the bricks ended up on the neighbor's roof and in her driveway, half a brick ended up on the front sidewalk 60 feet away. There's also a hole about 8" across in the roof, in the pic below you can see the shingle damage just in front of the chimney.
The kids and I were home, all of us (and the cats) are fine, my wife was at work.
I've itemized a bunch of the damaged electronics & such for the insurance claim, and they have given me authorization already for the roofer, the mason, and the electrician that are all coming out to repair and/or inspect damage tomorrow morning.
There are ways I like to spend my holiday weekends, this ain't one of them.