“Of course the towels will be alright drying outside”. Famous last words. With the amount of water that is being squeezed out of the sky, it is coming down in torrents, the washing line is likely to break under the extreme wet weight of the towels pegged on it.
When the next break comes in the waterfall performance, in an attempt to try and beat the deluge, I shall rush out and rescue the washing and take it for a spin. It will not be going back out on the washing line. Been there, done that.