Wild Winds Cause Major Damage in Queens

Neighbors on 215th Street in Hollis, Queens are calling it the attack of the old green giants. Some of the towering trees that beautify their block, threatened their very lives while carving out a path of destruction.

"It's so weird because first our house then our best friends house," Tyna Williams told PIX 11 News. "Kind of creepy."

Already weakened by last month's tornado, and the nor'easter earlier this week, some trees couldn't withstand Friday's heavy winds gusting up to 45 miles an hour. Two of them came crashing down and branches went flying.

"I had a car damaged right in front of my house," said Richard Harris. "After that, a tree from this location had massive damage on the house across the street."

Saturday morning, just as cleanup crews were carting away the downed tree, another one nearby snapped and ripped off part of Steve Crawford's roof.

"I heard the cracking and everything," said Crawford. "It's like a movie or something. It's like......boom."

Neighbors want the city to be aware that more vulnerable trees could topple.

"The trees are very old here, and as you look around most of them need to come down," said one person in the community.

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