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Devastated !!

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am so shocked by what I have just experienced this evening that I will just be posting the photos I have taken. I am pretty sure this was a tornado. I heard constant, non-stop thunder for like 25 minutes as the storm approached, and when I went to close the windows I took a glance outside and saw nothing but swirling white — a mix of wind, rain and debris! My entire building then shook for like 20 seconds and the sound was unbelievable. It was truly terrifying there for a while and I had to run into the hallway because I thought the windows, if not the entire wall of the apartment was going to blow out. Share your experiences if you feel like doing so below.

Anyway, here are the first of my photos:

  1. Susan
    September 16, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Similar experience … my contractor just left and I was doing a little cleaning when the lights started flickering. Went into my hallway to see if those lights were having a problem when all of a sudden heard a strange rumble. Turned to look out the huge glass window in the hallway and just saw a swirl of white. My building sustained minor damage. Took a walk on Burns St. and was heart-broken by the devastation.

    Very saddened to hear that there was a casualty on the GCP.

  2. September 17, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    I feel your pain. I was coming home from an outing in Rego Park, and just when I walked into my building, I noticed a twirl, and then the skies turned pitch black. Then I heard a snap. After it subsided, I surveyed the damage, and 3 mature trees on my block had huge branches snapped off. One tremendous branch was blown half a block away alongside an SUV. By PS 175 on 102nd St, a corner of the block was roped off, since another mature tree had a third snapped to the ground.

    MacDonald Park, Burns St in the Forest Hills Gardens, and Yellowstone Blvd off the north side seems to have suffered the worst, according to what I’ve seen. By Forest Hills Jewish Center, the mature tree looks like it received a massive pruning. I was just remarking on my Rego-Forest Preservation Council blog last week, how Forest Hills Jewish Center deserves kudos for maintaining that mature tree so well. In MacDonald Park, there are trees on top of the benches and tables. Cars are smashed too.

    The sirens are ongoing the whole evening, and the extent of the damage in some parts of the neighborhood and elsewhere in the boroughs is very disheartening. My heart goes out to the family of the victim on Grand Central Parkway. It proves that we have to be thankful for every moment. RIP! ❤

    – Michael Perlman

  3. Shalom
    September 17, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    That is truly amazing. I recently moved out of the Inn Apartments on Continental and I see the tree right outside my window has gone down.

  4. September 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Holy SHIT. I know those trees! I will miss them when we visit Forest Hills for Turkey Day. 😦

    Is that the Citi on Austin Street? (Well, the side of Austin street, really…) It looks like the tornado tried to eat that entire bloody section!

  5. Rita F
    September 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    It truly is devastating to see such damage in our own neighborhood. I usually get upset when I see one tree down after a storm, this is just heartbreaking.

  6. JoAnna Negron
    September 17, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Has anyone gone down to 108th Street in Forest Hills,(or live nearby) where the two gigantic Weeping Willows are…(were?)
    I heard they were uprooted and I just can’t get there as my street is blocked off by other fallen trees. They were an inspiration to much of my poetry and writing and I
    am hoping they are still standing but fearing the worst. Oh, how I love those trees.
    Blessings to all who are affected by the devastation of last night’s tornado.

    • SCW
      September 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

      I saw pictures online; one is definitely down. Didn’t see the other.

    • September 19, 2010 at 5:42 AM

      JoAnna Negron:

      I feel your pain. Forest Hills (where I was raised) and all of our great city is very much in my heart. One of the Weeping Willow trees on 108th St is definitely down. The other seems erect from a distant photo, but I will take a closer look.

      I have a photo from 2008, depicting their health and grace, and will send it to you. It proves we have to be thankful for what we had and currently have in our lives. Reality can be heartbreaking.

      I hope the building replaces the missing tree with another Weeping Willow, although I would never consider it a replacement. You can replace a species, but not what was. It took a lifetime to mature. Forest Hills is much less of a “Forest” now.

      How inspirational that the 108th St Weeping Willows gave birth to your poetry. Would you feel comfortable sharing it? It would make a great blog feature.

      With my group, I am committed towards achieving all that I can to help restore and bring new life into Forest Hills as a start.

      Please e-mail unlockthevault@hotmail.com

      – Michael Perlman, Chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council

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