But there was another series of events set in motion by our rain shower. Power poles, loaded with electricity-conducting wet soot started bursting into flame. Estimates of 30 to 100 poles were affected, and there were power outages. The one that affected my place lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
photo: Bob Jacobson
One of my friends, who is still on Quebec time after a two-week trip, was awake and managed to get a picture with his phone. It's a bit fuzzy - one doesn't want to get too close to a burning power pole with a transformer on it - but it's a pretty dramatic pic, anyhow.