Severe storms cause flooding, damage

August 11, 2008 8:38:23 PM PDT
Severe storms caused hail, heavy rain and even tornado warnings and water spouts. Long Island was one of the areas hit the hardest. There was so much hail on the ground in Kings Park that it looked like a mid-March storm instead of mid-August.

In Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, lightning was followed by a heavy, driving rain, causing a mess on the roads.

On the Upper West Side of Manhattan, more hail and heavy rain pounded umbrellas during the lunch hour.

Several neighborhoods in Queens were also hard hit by Monday's storms.

A large tree toppled onto a house in Astoria, damaging the roof and gutters. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Nearby in the Beechhurst section, several trees fell knocking down power lines and blocking streets.

Flooding was also a big problem for residents in Queens. They say the brief storm has left days of clean up in its wake.

The storms also caused massive delays and forced the cancellation of some flights at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports.

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