July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm Surprises West Island https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm Surprises West Island July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm A Dramatic cloud formation ahead of a dangerous lightning storm. Beach goers were asked to seek shelter at the causeway. The top half of a pole at the end of Winsegansett Heights was blown off by lightning strike. * AT 1056 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PEMBROKE...OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH. http://www.westislandweather.com/ https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132383077 132383077 July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm A Dramatic cloud formation ahead of a dangerous lightning storm. Beach goers were asked to seek shelter at the causeway. The top half of a pole at the end of Winsegansett Heights was blown off by lightning strike. * AT 1056 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PEMBROKE...OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH. http://www.westislandweather.com/ https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132383078 132383078 July 23, 2011 Thunderstorm A Dramatic cloud formation ahead of a dangerous lightning storm. Beach goers were asked to seek shelter at the causeway. The top half of a pole at the end of Wilbur's Point was blown off by a lightning strike. * AT 1056 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PEMBROKE...OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF PLYMOUTH...AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH. http://www.westislandweather.com/ https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132383079 132383079 Radar Before Impact https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132383270 132383270 Radar During Impact https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132383271 132383271 Lightning behind Hoppy's Landing A strong cloud to ground bolt is well defined even in daylight about 3 miles away in South Dartmouth. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132407099 132407099 AXIS CAM Southwest A powerful storm cell enters Buzzards Bay. Looking southwest from West Island. The cell just skimmed Wilbur's Point with a lightning strike to one of the last utility poles on Sconticutneck blasting off the top half. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132407232 132407232 Curious Cloud Formation, AXIS CAM Southwest A powerful storm cell enters Buzzards Bay Saturday, July 23, 2011. Looking closely at the front line of cloud formation in this strong thunderstorm, a wall band of heavy showers (right) appears to be right behind the early stages of a developing funnel cloud right off Wilbur's Point. This is as far as it got. The photo warrants further scrutiny and discussion. WIWS South Point Axis Cam looking southwest from West Island towards Cuttyhunk. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132407101 132407101 Just down the road The thunder cell moves from northwest to southeast over Dartmouth. Looking west on the causeway. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132430433 132430433 Headed for trouble This car appears to be headed right into the storm as a vivid lightning bolt strikes in the Dartmouth area https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132430434 132430434 Ominous sky These causeway bathers were finally convinced that this was not the place to be with a rapidly approaching thunderstorm which was just minutes away Saturday, July 23, 2011 about 1:45 PM. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132535574 132535574 Running for cover https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132554988 132554988 Time to leave https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132555295 132555295 Bolt at end of the Causeway A lightning bolt strikes down the end of the causeway encouraging beach goers nearby to speed it up and get out of there. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=132554991 132554991