Mt. Vernon cleans up after the storm

August 16, 2008 4:02:16 PM PDT
The National Weather Service tonight says no tornados touched down yesterday, despite all of the warnings across the area. And while there were no twisters -- there was plenty of damage. In fact, people living on one street in Westchester County are cleaning up for the second time in as many months.

Residents on Pacman Avenue in Mt. Vernon have now seen the wrath of Mother Nature, not once but twice in just 8 weeks.

This weekend their block looked like a war zone.

Powerful rain storms, bring with it high winds that uprooted giant trees within seconds. It was all a bit much for little Michael DiLeo Jr.

"I saw some big lightening?I said mommy I want to go inside," said Michael Jr.

They ran right to their basement, thinking it was a tornado.

"?..I'm banging on my mother's door to let us in and she goes nuts," Michael DiLeo Sr. said.

When the storm toppled over one tree in the neighborhood, the tree then took one part of the sidewalk with it. It's proof of just how much collateral damage a storm like this can bring.

But yet, it wasn't a tornado according to the National Weather Service. Instead, it was something called a microburst -- with winds of up to 75 mph.

It means that it's the precursor to a tornado basically and it hit very specific sections?unfortunately, Pacman this is the second time it's been hit hard.

Back in June, some damage for a similar storm was even worse than this one.

More than 50 Con Ed crews were on hand to restore power in this storm, fortunately no one was hurt or killed.

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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