"It was like a train going down the road, that was really what it sounded like, it was amazing," said Daren Mazzarella, a Bohemia resident.
Several hamlets in the area got the brunt of the storm.
It cut a path through Oakdale as well, but most of the damage may be in Bohemia, where Town of Islip Supervisor Tom Croci gave Eyewitness News a tour of the cleanup along Feuerisen Avenue.
"We have some damage to homes, no loss of life, something really grateful for," Croci said.
There will be days, weeks, perhaps months of repairs for some homeowners.
For now, LIPA crews work to restore power to residents still stunned by what just happened.
"I knew it was a tornado right away, first time and hopefully the last time," said Thomas Mastandrea, a Bohemia resident.
In the backyard of Alex Taliana's Westbury home, virtually everything took a hit in this storm or went flying.
Out front, a large tree was up rooted.
Cleanup begins immediately.
A chain saw would take down the tree.
LIPA crews are now repairing power lines.
Down the street there is a broken water main, coincidental but not believed to be caused by the storm.
Over in East Meadow another large tree came crashing down.
It frightened the 92-year-old homeowner.
She's lived there 50 years.
Back in Westbury there are plenty of repair jobs in the neighborhood.
Paul Barron owner of Westbury Siding and Roofing figures he'll hand out 10 to 15 estimates.
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