A little after 5 p.m. today in Downtown Brooklyn, the sky became incredibly dark with storm clouds, and you could hear thunder rumbling in the sky from not too far away. Just then, several bolts of lightning began to strike within seconds of each other, it seemed that within just a few minutes after that, the skies opened up and a downpour or rain mixed with hail began to fall so heavily that you could barely see in front of you. People all over Downtown Brooklyn began to seek cover inside their homes and places of business.
By 5:45, all of the excitement was over and the storm had moved past Brooklyn heading towards Queens, but not without leaving destruction in it’s path. Many trees were uprooted as well as cars, and store-fronts destroyed. Several of the large trees fell out of the park on Flatbush Avenue, and the Fire Dept. was called to help cut a man out of his car when he became trapped by one of those trees.
A storm of this magnitude had not hit Brooklyn this hard since Aug. 8, 2007. That storm hit just before dawn while everyone was still fast asleep in their beds. Although the funnel cloud itself did not touch down anywhere this time, the winds alone were devastating enough and of tornado magnitude. Hopefully, this is the last we will see of this type of storm this year.