Dave, your comment takes me back in time. The year was 1983. The place was Al Jubail Saudi Arabia. It was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning. The door of our building was open and water was streaming in. I went to close the door and I found one of the Philipino engineers standing in the doorway getting drenched. I asked him if he was ok. He said that he was and commented. "I was feeling homesick today but this is feeling like Manilla. I am fine. Don't worry".
Al Jubail is on the coast so when it rained (the one or two days in the year) it poured. As you can imagine there were no storm water drains. With the roads properly concertised (but no drainage) the water stood in some of the town's streets for a week - till it evaporated!
Haha, yep, I've done the same thing here in NYC, but the storms just don't match that intensity and power. They don't leave me in awe.
The thunderstorms we had were also typically accompanied by a torrential downpour that would leave rivers running down the sides of the streets that the storm drains were unable to cope with. Any areas that didn't have drainage were easy to spot - invariably it would be flooded anywhere from three to several feet deep, and you'd see the folks that didn't know to drive slowly through it - they'd try gun it through the water, which would spray up under the hood, and flood and stall their engine.