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September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

If you’re just starting your commute home now, so far all we have had is a very windy and overcast afternoon here in Forest Hills — no rain, and no tornadoes! The radar actually looks like the storminess might have passed by us without much of anything.

But, once again, do keep your eyes on all those damaged trees. I have noticed a few really large branches or pieces of trees hanging precariously high overhead. I am actually surprised these haven’t been attended to yet by the City since they can be very dangerous, especially when it’s windy like this.

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What a Tornado Watch Means

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

It doesn’t mean there IS a tornado – just that conditions are favorable for one and it could happen.

Here is some more info on this:

By By ELISSA GOOTMAN
Published: September 28, 2010
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for a wide swath of the metropolitan region, including all five boroughs of New York City.

Tornado Watch Until Tonight

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, it is true – they have issued another tornado watch. I have my space in the hallway all ready just in case. 😦

From Weather Underground:

Tornado Watch
Statement as of 1:03 PM EDT on September 28, 2010

Tornado Watch 686 remains in effect until 600 PM EDT for the
following locations

NY
. New York counties included are

Albany Bronx Broome
Chenango Columbia Delaware
Dutchess Greene Kings
Madison Montgomery Nassau
New York Oneida Orange
Otsego Putnam Queens
Rensselaer Richmond Rockland
Schenectady Schoharie Sullivan
Ulster Westchester

Seeing the Forest for the Trees

September 28, 2010 4 comments
Forest Hills Gardens, Queens

Image via Wikipedia

One positive thing the tornado did for me was make me appreciate, of all things, trees! I am not joking. After seeing the scary sight of all those enormous trees brought down by the storm, I walked through the Gardens this past weekend and for the first time really appreciated the amazing trees that are still standing. Boy, are we blessed in this area with some awesome trees! They must be some of the oldest in the City.

Anyway, I came across this interesting story in The Times about how a tree clearing crew from Tennessee has been in the City since the storm helping with the recovery:

By REBECCA WHITE
Published: September 27, 2010
The Cherokee Hotshots, an elite forestry crew, came to New York City to clear the debris from two tornadoes.

Map of Tornado Damage

September 25, 2010 3 comments

It occurred to me that I haven’t seen a map of the local path and damage from the tornado. This is a work in progress and by no means complete. Please let me know your suggestions for additions and any changes. I am going just by incidents on the day of the tornado that I have learned about; I am sure there are a lot more I do not know about, so feel free to point them out to me so I can add them.

Click here for the map: http://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/BoOmHdmlWG

I am adding photos of what Anonymous is referring to in the comment below about the building across from Kennedy House. I checked it out today and was able to snap a couple of photos (sorry, it was hard to get even these because of the rain storm and I couldn’t get a shot of the entire building.)

Tornado Cleanup Planned for Today

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Re-posting this letter that was forwarded on to me:

An email from Joseph Lara is below. An important Forest Hills cleanup from the tornado is arranged for this Saturday at 2 PM. We are seeking volunteers. Please help, and also forward to as many parties as possible. Thank you!

Hello All,

I’m sending this out to the members of Kiwanis, the heads of some civic organizations in the area, and the religious leaders in our community.  I’d like to make a plea to you all tonight.

Since last Thursday, much of the residential parts of Forest Hills have been in shambles due to the Tornado.  I had the honor of working with the Forest Hills Community Church last weekend, and I have to say it humbled me so much.  For me, this community is not only my home and where I work, but it made me what I am today.  I got my start here and Forest Hills was there for me and has supported my magazines for the last four years.  Now it’s my turn to give back to a town that has given me so much.

To my fellow Kiwanians, as I mentioned at our meeting earlier, this is what being in a civic organization is all about.  Sure, it’s great to have lunch and network, but being part of this club and what we have the power to do in one afternoon, is so much bigger than any of us.  As Kiwanians, we must answer the call when our community needs us, we have no other choice.

To this extent, I am organizing a community cleanup this Saturday, September 25, 2010.  We will be meeting in Station Square around 2 pm, and whether you can donate an hour of your time, or a whole afternoon, anything we can get will be much appreciated.  I am attaching a list below of what we’ll need, besides sheer manpower.  I’ll pick up some jab saws (they look like giant knives with teeth and wood handles, and believe it or not they were our best tool last weekend) at Home Depot before Saturday.

-Saws – Gas powered chain saws, jab saws, reciprocating saws, hacksaws, and bolt cutters.  The wood is pretty soft in the trees around here, so the jab saws and hack saws work great.  If you’re bringing reciprocating saws, make sure you have extra batteries as they run out fast and long blades.  The bolt cutters are also great for popping branches off.

-Carts – If anyone has those rolling carts that we use to do laundry or go grocery shopping, one or two of those can be a great help.  There are many places where it may be too hard to get in with vehicles, so those may be our best bet.  We can also line a small one with a garbage bag and fill it with ice and bottles of water as it gets very dry out there when we’re working.

-Gloves – everybody has to bring work gloves, and if you have, wear some sturdy boots or shoes.  Branches will cut and scrape you all up if you’re working barehanded.  We also ran into some instances last weekend where there are pieces of roofing hidden in the brush with very long nails in them that will not hesitate to go through your foot.

Lastly, I just want to thank everybody again, whether you can help us on Saturday or not, just for taking the time to read this.  I look forward to seeing, hopefully many of you on Saturday.  If you have friends or know people you think may be interested, please forward this on to them.

All my best,

Joseph M. Lara
Owner/Publisher
Forest Hills Celebrity & Entertainment Magazine
Astoria Celebrity & Entertainment Magazine
(908) 310-1659
jmlara@comcast.net

Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Evening

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The weather folks are saying to be extra careful this afternoon/evening as any thunderstorms that do erupt may bring down trees or branches already weakened or hanging precariously due to the tornado.

..STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL IMPACT BERGEN…BRONX…ESSEX… FAIRFIELD…HUDSON…KINGS (BROOKLYN)…NASSAU…NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)…NORTHERN UNION…PASSAIC…QUEENS…ROCKLAND…SOUTHERN ORANGE…WESTCHESTER AND WESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTIES…

AT 728 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM GREENWOOD LAKE TO FLORHAM PARK…OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SLOATSBURG TO MADISON…AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

PEOPLE IN BERGEN…BRONX…ESSEX…FAIRFIELD…HUDSON…KINGS (BROOKLYN)…NASSAU…NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)…NORTHERN UNION… PASSAIC…QUEENS…ROCKLAND…SOUTHERN ORANGE…WESTCHESTER AND WESTERN SUFFOLK COUNTIES…INCLUDING POMPTON LAKES…RINGWOOD… BLOOMINGDALE…GREENWOOD LAKE…SUMMIT…FAIRFIELD…MILLBURN… SLOATSBURG…WAYNE AND CALDWELL…SHOULD MONITOR THE WEATHER SITUATION CLOSELY. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION SHOULD SEVERE WEATHER THREATEN.

HAIL UP TO NICKEL SIZE…AND GUSTY WINDS UP TO 50 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THESE STORMS. IN ADDITION…VERY HEAVY RAIN…WITH RAINFALL RATES OF UP TO ONE AND ONE HALF INCHES AN HOUR…IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. THIS COULD CAUSE PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS… AND MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.

LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

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