Hail Storm Shatters Windows, Rattles Nerves In Queens Neighborhoods

Baseball-Sized Blocks Of Ice Come Crashing Down From The Skies In Nassau

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The weather on Monday afternoon was unlike anything seen so far during this summer of severe weather.

Parts of the Tri-State area were pounded from the sky — with wind, lightning and ice.

Residents in Little Neck, Queens picked up the hail and put them in their freezers just to have evidence.

“I’ve never seen anything, it was horrifying,” Gail Kolidas told CBS 2’s Lou Young.

As intense as the damage was, it was also concentrated along the Queens-Nassau line.

The hail stones shattered car windows, punctured plastic lawn furniture and vinyl siding. It also did a good job of rattling nerves.

New Hyde Park hail

A CBS 2 viewer named Linda in New Hyde Park, N.Y., sent us this image of spiked, baseball-sized hail that she said fell in her neighborhood on Aug. 1, 2011.

“Unbelievable,” remarked Sherly Mesten.

Hours after the storm ended, the hail was still melting where it pooled down into the lawn.

“It looks like eggs,” said Young Kim, “I see this, this is ice. Unbelievable.”

One CBS 2 viewer sent in an image of baseball-sized hail that she said pelted her neighborhood in New Hyde Park on the North Shore of Nassau County.

In Douglaston, one man’s lawn looked like the wrong end of a driving range, then the lightning bolt hit.

“You could actually feel the shock wave from the sonic boom from the lightning bolt,” Mike Akers said.

The lightning damaged a tree, while other trees succumbed to the wind. However, it was the ice that had everyone’s attention.

Hail also pounded the atrium panes at the Ronald McDonald house near Long Island Jewish Hosptial.

“It was pretty wild. It was loud. It was pretty incredible,” said Chris Consentino.

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  • Cindi

    If anyone says the weather isn’t getting freaky is denying the fact, global warming or not, that the weather is completely abnormal. It could be the polar shift but who knows. The mildest thing seems to be the hurricanes this year!

    • Linz

      It’s hail…….a natural occurance….and more breaking news…….in summer it gets hot, and tonight it may be dark after 9:00 or so…….OMG……

      • Eddie

        There’s nothing “natural” about hail as big as your fist that can dent steel and make holes in solid brick in New York City. If you think there is, you’re living in an alternate reality.

      • emmas

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    • Robbob

      The only thing freaky are thos hail stones, boy would those leave a mark. You polar shift though si not that far off. The North Magnetic Pole has been has been shifting accross the top of the world from Canada at about 80 degrees North Latitude. By 2050 is predicted to be in the Kara Sea / Laptev Sea area or Russia around 80 degrees North Latitude. The North Magnetic Pole has shifted so much recently that a number of airports had to renumber their runways to correspond with shifting compas readings.

  • Julia Valerie Pontorno

    I was out yesterday in it with a few people, I’m just glad I had an umbrella handy, or it could have been worse, that was some large hail.

    • itsnotme

      meh…considering the hail dented cars, made holes in windshields and lawn furniture, I don’t think your umbrella would have helped

  • j

    I thought the same thing. I agree with you. Even more so, humans and destroyed and desecrated the earth and pillaged its resources.

  • ditto delbalzo

    Please stop denying mad-made climate change. Please stop denying facts. It’s not a contest. We’re all on the same team.

    • Glenn Hansen

      Oh, please….Don’t give me this man made climate bull. Have you never seen hail before??? Oh my gosh, are you THAT stupid????

      • Bryan

        It’s hail……..sometimes it gets big and freaky looking but it’s been pelting the earth for millions of years.
        And I do sympathize, we had hail just like it a few weeks ago in East Tennessee. Very scary and a whole lot of damage.

      • Eddie

        My mother, a 55 year-old woman, had never seen hail as big as the kind we got yesterday.

        Hail is common in New York. Baseball and larger-sized hail is definitely NOT.

      • itsnotme

        “Have you never seen hail before???”
        uh…durrrr…do you think that’s why the interviewees said things like “I have never seen hail like that before…” and “I have never seen anything like that before???”

    • Richard Bolles

      If this is man made who made it? How was it made? How did it get into the clouds or was it dropped by someone in a ballon?

      If Queens and NY are still there then the storm wasn’t big enough. After alll NY City and ALL of it’s people are the BIGGEST Condensed Poluters the world has ever seen and it is just trying to get rid of the problem ( that being Every Lib/Commie idiot on the East Coast). To bad they are all still alive following the Storm.

    • Robbob

      No we are not on the same team. If you are a proponent of anthroprogenic global warming, you are only after money in my pocket and therefore are a thief. Fact, the first draft of IPCC 1 report catagoricly refuted anthroprogenic global warming, them politicians changed this finding in the final report. Now all the “scientists” are faking studies to suppot the IPCC 1 Final Report. Fact, CO2 follows warming which follows solar activity. Fact, the Medievil Warming Period was a lot warmer than we are today.

  • justpassinthru

    wow what scary stories! if I were in the car I would have freaked, glad everyone made it back safely. the people in the affected areas were lucky/smart enough to seek shelter (esp. the letter carriers, etc.). But the hail was strong and HUGE enough to bust thru cars windows and patio furniture. Surely a BIGGER warning could have been issued(!!???) I mean we were almost ‘stoned’ by the heavens above! …and those chunks of hail were definitely not “quarter-sized!!”

  • Edward Chock

    Google haarp world map

  • Taki

    I was caught in the hail storm unfortunately. It banged on my car in every direction. I saw lots of cars floating in flash flood lakes around New Hyde Park, Great Neck and Little Neck. I prayed my windshield survived the drive home because the rocks of ice that were pounding my windshield were huge. I saw several other cars with their rear windows busted out by the hail. I saw an explosion of sorts after lightening struck something on Willis Ave in Williston Park. A drive that normally takes 10 minutes took an hour and 10 minutes. My poor car looks like its been in a washing machine with nickels.

  • Eddie

    I live on the Queens/Nassau border where the storm was, apparently, the most intense. I captured video of the baseball-sized hail slamming against our house and cars. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yF-CUyHEbA

  • JT

    My small group global warming study had just finished our lesson and were about to offer prayers to Gaia and take up an offering for the UN, when just as if in confirmation of our efforts, the giant hailstones and supersonic thunder wreaked CO2-produced havoc on our neighborhood.

    • MorganGray

      Please tell me this is sarcasm, or irony, or whatever. I’d be terrified to think you are being serious.

      • jt

        It’s sarcasm, but we should all be terrified we’re so close to a global government funded by a carbon tax.

  • Ice in August

    In the SE BX, we had quarter sized hail. The hail storm lasted about 10 minutes.

  • Alison Collins

    We were returning from LaGuardia and got on the LIE just as the rain really started to come down. We watched flashes of lightning in the sky and suddenly heard a horrendous THUD on the roof of the car. We couldn’t imagine what it was when small pea-sized hail started hitting all around. It quickly turned to golfball-sized and then baseball sized hail and bigger! We were being plummeted with no safe haven to take cover! When the first few cracks appeared on the windshield, we were in disbelief (we had 2 British girls in the car with us, visiting NY for the first time as part of their around the world trip) At one point the huge ice chunks were pounding down so fast and furiously that we didn’t think the windshield would hold! So bizarre! We didn’t know if we’d make it home… we did mange to get to the service road finally but our windshield was badly smashed and the Jeep is full of dents from the pounding it took from all the hail. I’ve never experienced anything like it before!

    • Sherri McFerran

      my my my … :-O

  • Jack

    Get ready for tomorrow. We have more of this to deal with…

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  • tony

    I was in the car with my wife and 5 month old and the winshield was smashed 12 inches from my face by hail the size of a softball. I thought the next one was going to take my whole windshild out It was so scared luckily i had made it back to my house where all three of us made a run for it under a barrage of lesser hail. Trust me, people in the areas affected are lucky there were no deaths.

  • justpassinthru

    if this happened in Manhattan or Brooklyn, there would be scores of hipsters in emergency rooms with fractured skulls and busted camera phones

  • Sheryl

    My fiance’s car has hundreds of dent marks. He was parked at work in Lake Success.

  • Sam

    Here is a video of the hail coming down in New Hyde Park, Queens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V75Ht-FYbsY

  • Richie

    There is no coverage because it did not happen in Manhattan.

  • Val

    It took me half an hour to get from my office building to the LIE (which is a 2 minute ride otherwise) and there was a partially submerged car on Hollow Lane in Lake Success where I work. There should have been some sort of warning about closed roads! I almost got on the Northern State going westbound… luckily I didn’t, as it was closed one exit down. This was a truly frightening storm.

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  • Hani

    My car is toast!

  • Lou Amato

    We were on our way to the MEts game and turned around after flooding closed the Northern State Parkway at exit 25. How come there is virtually no coverage about this. In 49 years of life on Long Island I have never sen such concentrated rain that it actually closed the Northern State down. We were on the road for 3 hours and turned around at exit 26. There was no traffic control as cars were still entering the parkway at exits 26 and 27 even after the parkway was “closed” according to all the overhead signs and radio station broadcasts.

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