From the Daily News:
A 45-foot wooden spire atop historic St. George's Episcopal Church in Queens crashed to the street in Thursday night's storm, denting a bus, showering another with debris but harming no one.
Although officials couldn't say for sure, the Rev. Edwin Chase, the assistant pastor, is sure the cause was a lightning strike.
"I was closing the windows when I heard a loud bang and felt the hairs on my arms stand up," he said.
"I though for a second the bell was going to fall down on me but it stayed put," Chase said.
Chase and six parishioners ran out to Main St. in Flushing to find it covered by "tons of timber that came down."
"I'm so extremely relieved that no people were injured or hurt," he said.
Police blocked off busy Main St. between 38th and 39th Aves. for hours while work crews cleaned up the mess.
A wood and copper cross dating back nearly 200 years was pulled out of the rubble and returned to Chase by a firefighter.
Chase said it was too early to tell how much repairs would cost.
Hey folks, by the volume of e-mails I've received I know you are dying for storm damage coverage. Thanks for all the photos and videos. Still sorting through them all as well as cleaning up my personal mess. But I should have more up by the end of the day. Here's more of Flushing: