They seemed close enough to reach up and touch and yet you feel that if you do you might get sucked into their churning furry. About 3" of rain in 39 minutes and supper high winds. I have been in many storms but have only seen rain truely go horizontal like this did on TV. The pond beside our house rose 2' in about an hour. When the rains stopped it was like turning off a switch, just like the switch the storm threw when it turn off the power. The air became stifling hot, humid and still. It stayed this way for us for 18 hours. A total of 75,000 without power and some 21 hours later there were still 5,500 powerless. Only good thing, today was cooler with lower humidity.