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Another east coaster here... I know exactly the storm you were talking about. We had crazy lightning in the early morning.
Luckily, Gracie is a trooper. She's a puppy, and having never experienced thunderstorms before, she didn't have any issues (which is amazing to me, considering some of the simple things that seem to freak her out). I mean, if you think about it from the dog's perspective, I wouldn't want to go outside in a thunderstorm to pee either!
But it sounds like you're having a bigger issue than that. I know sometimes when the weather is really bad, I've had some success going outside with her. If daddy is outside in the wind and rain with her, she can last long enough to do her business. Of course, that's not always true, and not very convenient for me. One time I tried taking an umbrella outside and she started barking at it (lol, like I said - she's fine in a thunderstorm, but an umbrella bothers her) and then went into a runlikehell that left me with a very wet puppy.
Hope you get it figured out!