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bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Sun, 27th Jun '10 5:48 PM

SO DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE TORNADO ON LONG ISLAND, NY?

Unbelievable. We're not supposed to get tornadoes. Actually, those who know say it was a microburst, as there is no evidence of twisting. But the wind speeds were exactly the same. And the damage here was amazing.

In my tiny little area of the town, after less than 10 minutes of the most frightening sounds I've ever heard, we opened the door to massive arboreal destruction. The only damage that was done to homes, cars, etc was done by immense trees which uprooted and flung themselves upon roofs, cars, and anything else in the area.

Great kudos to our town, which worked round the clock to clear roads and get the trees off the downed power lines. Being without electricity, internet, phone and tv wouldn't have been so bad - except that you could go three blocks and find folks who had all of them.

Our house is fine - the garage may not be. We don't know cause we cannot see it. Too many huge tree limbs have totally covered it up. But we're all fine - and glad to be back at Sploofus.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Sun, 27th Jun '10 6:03 PM

Found a slide show showing how big some of the trees were:


http://www.examiner.com/x-30197-Long-Island-Populist-Examiner~y2010m6d25-Tornado-wreaks-havoc-on-Great-Neck

The slide show is at the bottom of the page.

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.2 - Posts: 1948)
Sun, 27th Jun '10 9:42 PM

Sounds like a great community, coming together as they did. Amazing slide slow too.


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