Timber!: Trees fall across the borough during Saturday’s storm

Timber!: Trees fall across the borough during Saturday’s storm
Photo by Paul Martinka

These trees bite worse than they bark!

Brooklyn sustained a massive arboreal assault amid Saturday’s high-winds, which toppled trees from Windsor Terrace to Marine Park, and left a few crushed cars in their wake.

“I was like, ‘wow,’” said Windsor Terrace resident Tim Wallace, who was returning to his home on E. Second Street between Greenwood Avenue and Fort Hamilton Place when he saw a 30-foot linden tree lying across two parked cars.

The tree had snapped under the weight of Saturday’s 50 mph wind gusts, which sent the plant crashing into a nearby Mazda 6, shattering its roof and rear window. Another car, a Toyota 4Runner, suffered damage to its rear tailgate, according to Wallace.

Wallace, who has lived in the area for 48 years, said he has not seen a such a massive tree fall for quite some time.

This linden tree on E. 2nd Street in Windsor Terrace fell onto two cars, damaging the tail gate of a Toyota 4Runner and the rear windshield and roof of Mazda 6.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Meanwhile, two branches of a tree on Haring Street and Avenue R in Marine Park snapped off, falling over the fence of a nearby residential property, but causing no appreciable damage.

In Sunset Park, 30-foot-tall tree came down at about 7:11 p.m., according to a spokesman for the Fire Department. The tree damaged two parked cars, boropark24.com reported.

On the bright side, Saturday’s tree-pocalypse claimed no human victims, according to New York’s Bravest.

Weather reports show that wind speeds rose up to 39 mph in the greater New York City at about 2 p.m., with gusts surging up to 54 mph. The borough witnessed a resurgence of wind at about 5 p.m. and throughout the night, with gusts up to 23 mph. The storm included a dramatic drop in temperature from 91 degrees to 72 degrees in the early afternoon, as a well as a brief spurt of rain and thunder.

Kings County residents are no stranger to the perils of falling trees, which withered in their thousands as a result of Hurricane Sandy’s 2012 tidal surges, forcing the city had to cull thousands of the so-called “zombtrees” after a collapse in Coney Island nearly claimed a man’s life.

Timber!: Part of a tree collapsed in Marine Park on Saturday evening, though no one was hurt.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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