Wild Winds, Downed Trees Ravage Tri-State Area

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Some residents of Queens woke up to a thunderous crash Saturday morning as extensive tree damage rocked the area.

Wild winds and falling trees battered the tri-state Friday night, and the wicked weather will continue to pack a punch into Saturday as many parts of the area are left looking like battle zones.

CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis was in the Hollis area, where the front entrance to a home on became a dangerous tangle of power lines, broken fencing and tree limbs carved up by work crews after a tree fell around 4 p.m. Friday, at the height of the howling winds.

It slammed onto the roof of one home and hit the satellite dish.

Neighbors are thankful that the dish was the only thing that felt the blow.

“Everybody’s all right,” said resident Steven Crawford. “I’m glad about that.”

Dennis and his crew witnessed and caught on tape a second tree falling Saturday morning, where no one was hurt in the latest effects of Mother Nature.

And it’s no wonder the trees are falling. As CBS 2 meteorologist John Marshall reports, the weekend winds are rolling in at speeds of up to 45 mph.

Area airports suffered from the windy weather as well. In and out of LaGuardia, travelers were hit with hour-long delays, though many passengers said it was smooth sailing – until it was time to land.

“It was really bumpy, and you know it just kind of tossed us around a little bit,” said Julie Duncan, a Fort Lauderdale resident. “But we got in okay.”

“Nobody tossed their cookies,” said Rob DeRocker of Tarrytown. “It was a little bumpy.”

Wind related power outages in Westchester left many residents in the dark.

The electrical failure left Lisa Lobo of Greenburgh locked out of her home.

“I can’t get in my house because I don’t have a key, I have a garage door opener,” she said.

More windy weather is expected throughout the day, and wind advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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