The lights flickered? Flickered?
Sorry, but it ain’t a thunderstorm until your cats are howling from barometric pressure changes and the power goes completely out. Then you have to shuffle around in your kitchen in complete blackness trying to find candles and matches. A couple nearby tornadoes usually add to the drama.
In a really good thunderstorm, the power should be still be out the next day. At this point you dig a barbecue pit in your yard. You get all the food from the freezer, light a fire, and start cooking. If it’s too much for you to eat invite all the neighbors over. Since they probably have frozen food that is in danger of rotting, they’ll make contributions to the feast.
When dinner is done and it gets dark, have a ghost story contest. Go to bed chuckling about how your scary ghost story will keep the neighbors awake in fear all night.
Next day power should be on again. Go about your normal business like nothing ever happened.
Now *that’s * a thunderstorm.