September thunderstorms doused the unrelenting heat of a dry summer in New York last night. Winds howling at the legal driving limit tore century old trees planted in bare patches along sidewalks here. On Kosciuszko Street, near the construction site of a new high-rise condo Hassidic Jews are building, a piece of flying tin ruined the paint job on a car parked too close to an unpainted, rusty fire hydrant. The owner of the car, an angry black man, stood down the street with his mouth wide open last night, hoping, perhaps, that insurance would cover damages.
No longer is it necessary for the National Weather Service to confirm the formation of tornadoes by investigating the path of destruction left behind after the storm has passed. Bloggers all over the city used video phones with web access to post breaking news from the sky. It was obvious that a tornado had formed in the sky over New York City yesterday according to the digital images; whether it touched down or not will likely be decided by experts later today.
The grandmother of unruly children who play football on Kosciuszko Street when the weather is nice was seen riding a wave of a wind on her grandson’s bicycle at the corner of DeKalb and Bedford Avenues, although no footage was captured.
A photograph of the storm posted by a ‘viewer’ in Far Rockaway revealed a greenish-hue in the massive thunder clouds covering the city at approximately 6 p.m. last night. The green clouds were evidence that hail had developed on the horizon, according to a television news meteorologist who used the on-line image to report on the storm. In Brooklyn, pea-size hail stones fell moments before sheets of rain drenched the dry, allergy-ridden sidewalks and small parks that are common in Kings County.
Sirens of many fire trucks and police cards howled like dogs in the dark city just as the storm passed; the summer seemed to fade at the cries. The rain, although torrential, was like a curtain closing on a Broadway Show. The hail, although small, was a chilling reminder that the end is near. The sun this morning seems like warm; its rays already weakening like the world economy that is based here, just under the green clouds.