The Johannesburg / Pretoria area has the best thunderstorms of any place I've ever been. Not particularly windy, but the combination of torrential rain and incredibly scary lightning and thunder has got to be experienced to be believed. And it seems this time of year to happen two evenings out of three. As it is right now. Every bolt of lightning seems like it's right on top of you.
The locals seem to be used to it and strangely resigned to their appliances being regularly fried. I suppose it hides the fact that the underlying infrastructure is pretty poor to begin with. We're suffering serious Internet withdrawal symptoms right now even though we've had enough bandwidth for long enough each day for email and (light) blogging. At least on the days when the wireless router isn't hit by lightning. It's a bit of a shock (intentional pun) when you're used to a totally, totally wired lifestyle.