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August 08, 2007
Bay Ridge Tornado - Two
Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church, with the entire front window blown out by the winds. This church is less than a block from my house.
These photos, and many other images from Bay Ridge and elsewhere from AM New York (thanks, Judy)
Quoted in Newsday, pastor David Aja-Sigmon said "Never would I imagine there would be a tornado," as he swept up the remnants of the stained glass window. "I thought I left that back in the Midwest."
Houses on Bay Ridge Avenue (a/k/a 69th Street) , between Third and Fourth Avenues, with extensive damage to the roof and facades. These buildings are on the other side of the city block from where I live.
The tornado apparently touched down right around here, then moved east/northeast across 68th Street , then across Fourth Avenue, in the direction of Sunset Park. It did not miss my house (on 68th Street, near Fourth Avenue ) by very much, but it did miss it. Thanks to Kenny and to Kirk and to the next door neighbors for confirming that little fact for me. I can breathe again now. If there had been damage, I was all set to cut the vacation short and fly back from China.
More coverage, and scary photos here, from btsnews.
Posted by The Phantom at 10:18 PM
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Phantom, I hope everything is ok and everyone you know. I had a Tornado hit my house in New Jersey and it is a very un-nerving experience. Bay Ridge is my favorite neighborhood in America and I have family and friends there. Your blog is a great service! Thanks for the update from overseas
Here is a great wikipedia article on the Tornado
I covered this on the LA.Scene too!
For some hometown coverage about the fate of all that wood, see:
oh my goodness, I live upsate new york now but I was raised on 69th between 3rd and 4th avenue, I see the house my parents owned will be torn down as it was condemmed due to this storm , please let me know about 327 69 th street
thank you for your blog
I saw the scenes on my tv yesterday and the day before and I thought of you.
Crashed trees, damaged house and cars, water everywhere and no power...
The weather is really crazy around the world!
See my post of today
I think 327 Bay Ridge Avenue is OK
329 is not so good.
Here's some add'l coverage. I'm on Senator Street:
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