Long Island, NYC clean up after messy storms

June 25, 2010 7:26:35 PM PDT
Neighborhoods on Long Island and in New York City are cleaning up after storms tore through the area Thursday.

Trees are down in a number of neighborhoods and utility crews were working through the night trying to get the lights back on and the mess cleaned up.

"I went into my parents' room, and there was a tree inside their bedroom on their dresser," Sharon Levi said.

As Levi tells it, the storm came through and shook the entire house. Trees fell all around her, and one of them almost sliced the house in two.

"Half of it's in the front, the pine tree, from the backyard," she said. "The rest in the back."

The strong winds toppled trees all along Polo Road in Great Neck. They came down on power lines, homes and cars.

"I usually find a good place to park," said one resident, whose car was totaled by a tree. "In hindsight, I don't think it worked out that way."

Queens suffered similar damage and was the hardest hit of the five boroughs.

9,530 customers remain without power in North Hempstead and Great Neck as of Friday night.

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