A building partially collapsed, burying a line of parked cars, during last night’s storms on Long Island.When firefighters arrived on the scene in Farmingdale, one side of the Cris Ray Printing building was completely exposed and car alarms were going off.
Employees at the lab next door couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
“We just heard like thunder and lightning and then all of a sudden, people are coming in screaming, ‘check your cars, a building collapsed.’ We walk out and this is what we see,” Ivonne Barraza told CBS2. “It looked like something out of a movie. Seeing your car under a whole bunch of rubble like that, it’s scary.”
Last night’s storms hit Long Island hard. A partial building collapse at a printing company in Farmingdale buried cars under a pile of bricks. Trees are down all across the area. @CBSNewYork
Jessica Boros could barely see her new car.
“I just bought the car six months ago,” she said.
“On our lunch break, we like to take our naps in our cars. We are very thankful that no one was in their vehicle and luckily nobody got hurt,” Barraza said.
The managers of Cris Ray say the storm tore through the garage door in the back and blew out the wall to the warehouse. Employees were cleaning up the debris Friday, and they’re still trying to assess all of the damage.
Thursday’s storms intensified in Farmingdale and surrounding communities after 9 p.m.
The heavy rain and strong winds took down trees and left thousands of people without power.
On Harrison Place, a tree toppled over from the root and crashed onto two Jeeps.
On Friday, the daylight offered a better look at the widespread damage on Maple Avenue and Spruce Street.
“It was like a freight train coming through. Wind, rain, unbelievable lightning, thunder,” Farmingdale resident Marty Lindblad said. “Everything just went black.”
“When we got to Staple Street, it felt like we were driving into a war zone because there were so many trees down, and it reminded me of Hurricane Sandy,” Farmingdale resident Terry Bell said.
Trees fell on homes and power lines were knocked down.
According to PSEG, Suffolk County was hit the hardest. At its peak, 36,000 customers were in the dark.