>>lets hope like me you all have a surge protector>>
I have to keep saying this, as I am concerned some appear to be not fully understanding the position, no disrespects to mole44 or surge protector manufacturers or suppliers.
A surge protector will not protect your pc or any other connected equipment if you are unfortunate to suffer the direct effect of a lightning strike at close proximity.
The problem I think arises because usually we can associate lightning with surges on the grid system which if severe enough can cause damage due to what is known as brown out, this is where the lights will dim and then usually come up again or simply flicker, your tv might go off and reset itself.
A surge protector will usually protect your system in this situation and everyone should have one for this reason, however a full blown lightning storm that is on your doorstep requires a little bit more awareness.
Surge protectors, protects against fluctuating surges in your incoming power supply and also in some case prevent surges in the telephone system.
At the first sign of activity Disconnect completely by removing the plug and also disconnect the telephone equipment and find another activity until it passes.