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Downed tree among Tropical Storm Fay's damage in Queens

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 17:16:50-04

KEW GARDENS, Queens — After Friday's wild weather, mother nature left a mark on the tri-state area, including downed trees and power lines in the Kew Gardens neighborhood in Queens.

Sandra Usuga said goodbye to the tree that stood tall in front of her home on 116th Street near 84th Avenue in Kew Gardens Saturday. She’s lived in this Queens community for about eight years.

“It’s quiet, I love the trees, one of the reasons I love this neighborhood all the foliage,” said Usuga.

The tree came down Friday during the torrential downpour and heavy winds from tropical Storm Fay.

“We just heard this huge crack and the tree fell it was horrible,” she added. “I was concerned maybe all these other trees were going to start falling or more damage.”

But surprisingly there was no serious damage to homes or parked cars on the street.

No one got hurt here in Ozone Park either, where the stormy weather took down power lines on 95th Avenue near 90th Street.

Con Ed crews were also in Southeast Queens Saturday, where tree branches littered the streets and many were grateful to get their power restored after a long, hot summer night.

Back in Kew Gardens, as she awaits her tree's removal, Usuga says the stormy weather was just one more thing to deal with in the middle of a pandemic, but she’s counting her blessings.

“We are definitely not in control," she said. "It puts everything in perspective. You should be grateful for evening you have.”