Storm Downs Power Lines, Trees In Queens - NY1
The cleanup has already begun in some Queens neighborhoods that were hit especially hard by the storms earlier this morning and afternoon.
Scattered power outages remain throughout the five boroughs.
The powerful wind and downpours sent a 20-foot tree into a house on 37th Street in Astoria. While there was serious damage done to the exterior of the home, no one was injured.
Local residents said the tree was an accident waiting to happen because it had been dead for years.
"The trees been dying for at least five years now," said one local resident. "I think the Fire Department was here a few weeks ago and they cut down part of the tree because it had some dead branches. This tree came down all of the sudden and you see the result; broken windows, broken awnings, broken gutters."
The tree is just one of more than 25 that downed throughout northern Queens, according to the Parks Department.
The Parks Department is working to clean up the debris.
More heavy rains are expected to hit the city later this afternoon.
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