You may have heard, because like, what? A tornado in Brooklyn? I think it’s still being debated whether or not it was indeed a tornado, but who the hell cares because I’m telling you, shit was scary and the sky was green! We get a fair amount of hurricane and occasional tornado warnings here in NY that never amount to anything, but holy hell! This was some of the craziest weather I have ever seen and I’m not afraid to admit that I was chicken shit scared. The girls and I kept running towards and away from the windows trying to look and hide at the same time, while Mark kept trying to see if there really was a tornado coming towards us.
I didn’t expect to see what I did when I walked outside 20 minutes later after the rain had stopped because our neighborhood in particular is completely trashed. I also didn’t expect to see the soccer players resume their game in the field across the street amidst all the debris just minutes after the rain had stopped. Seriously, where did they suddenly come from?? I spent a good 45 minutes walking around surveying the damage and while the majority of these photos were taken just on our block (see that Wall Of Tree Explosion in the middle of our street?), almost every block that I walked through had at least 1 tree down. Neighbors were out helping remove fallen branches off of blocked doorways and cars (um, why do so many people have chainsaws in our neighborhood?) and sirens were heard for much of the evening. I actually got a little teary-eyed because we lost so many beautiful old trees during this storm.
But you know, this is New York and soon kids and teenagers were mugging for cameras in front of fallen trees and I overheard 1 passerby say to a friend as they were looking up to see a damaged awning on the restaurant at the end of our block, “I always hated that awning anyway”.
Now, stop it with the “a tree falls in Brooklyn” headlines. I mean it.
And yeah, ok. Everyone and their mother has a twitter account.