As the day progressed, the strange clouds continued to approach from the Southwest, though the prevailing winds came from the East right up until the moment when the storm hit. The rains began just when the sun set.
John retired with Rosie and her family, and Sydney, as arranged, spent the night with the Jurgens. The rest of the film crew (minus Priscilla) and Gian, Emilia and Trent went to the Inn. Trent looked over the situation, and set up a simple barricade at the top of the stairs, then took Randy and Jason and volunteered to help the town watch patrol, and communicate via walkie-talkie. As the watch was short three men (the injured Fred Martin and two other sensitive members) they were grateful for the help.
The evening started off as uneventful. The Basques rowdies were steadfastly drinking themselves into a stupor at the bar (though the troublemaker, Tom, was not seen), and the streets were empty. After several hours the first alarm was sounded, Randy, Jason, and Randolph Barber (the head of the watch) encountered a woman in a nightshirt racing through the street, claiming her husband was trying to kill her. She was calmed and the man subdued.
Trent spotted a form jumping from a second floor window, and quickly chased down a half grown boy with a sprained ankle. The teenager was quickly subdued, and Trent brought him back to the house he’d been seen leaving (apparently not his own). Randy and Trent decided to check on Sydney and John.
Meanwhile, Sydney heard an altercation in her hosts bedroom, and found Mr. Jurgen, eyes glazed and apparently in a trancelike state, beating his wife. She dissuaded him from this with a fireplace poker.
John was awoken from a deep sleep by Rosie seeking comfort in the dark. Some instinct warned him that all was not well, and he narrowly avoided being skewered by a knife. He managed to subdue her without any serious injuries to either of them, and was nonplussed to realize her children had seen some part of their altercation.
The pattern soon emerged. Rather than affecting the children (as the last major nightmare storm had) this time it was lovers who were affected with murderous rage and fear. By the time the evening was over there were half a dozen serious injuries, the most serious of which was a teenaged girl at the house where Trent had left the boy. There were three townsfolk unaccounted for.