All of the sudden it was raining so hard it was coming in through the window and onto my face.
The storm forced me out of bed. I slammed my window shut and unplugged my computers. I washed my face and got dressed and before I was done it was all over.
I went on Facebook to post a quick mention of this and noticed other people had already updated with the news - tornadoes had hit Kew Gardens Hills, and seemingly most of Queens.
It went from dead quiet after the storm to real loud in a few short minutes.
I ventured outside. Tree branches were down everywhere and there were sirens in every direction. People were yelling off down on Main Street, and closer by everyone who was home was emerging to find out what happened. Greetings were passed to neighbors one hardly talks to, and we were all relieved to see that none of the trees on our block had fallen, and nothing was crushed, and the branches that had fallen weren't blocking the road.
The next block down, away from Main St. wasn't so lucky. Trees were down at the other end of the block, and cars were dangerously backing out to escape the trap. I ran to the next block and checked our car, which was parked in our Aunt & Uncle's driveway because of alternate side parking/street cleaning. Just past their house, a large branch had come down right in the middle of the road, blocking it. I backed out and got back to my corner and waited several minutes until there was an opening for me to drive my car down the wrong way to get to one of the open parking spots.
After that, I checked in again, made sure certain people were alright, and then walked around to see the extent of the damage.
Today, the streets of Queens are a maze, with leafy roadblocks around any corner, and if you want to get anywhere, you plan out your drive on foot first. I got the car back to my parents with some careful planning.
(It's almost YK, so I have to cut this off. Hopefully, I'll get around to telling all the various small and large things I saw as I traveled the neighborhood.)