Storm Injures 2 at Morgan Park

Fallen trees send two to hospital; park's gazebo collapses.

Two people were hospitalized in separate incidents after Wednesday afternoon's thunderstorm felled trees and took down the gazebo at Morgan Park.

 chief Matt Venturino said a male was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after 's landmark gazebo collapsed when it was struck by a falling tree.

In another incident, a fallen tree pinned a woman inside her car at the end of McLoughlin Street, next to the park. Venturino said emergency responders freed the female driver and treated her for non-life threatening injuries.

Both victims were transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

alex nikonoff July 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
i was out on the sound bluefishing in the klondike when this one came thru...i never seen anything like it, the winds picked up within 10 mins, the mates said gusts were up around 90mph and swells got to 8 feet.....things were flying all over the boat.....and hour later we got caught in that second one that produced the hail in nyc....they said ti was worse then irene....connecticut coast guard was going crazy.....i seen my share of microcursts but none like that...there were small eddies or vortices over the water sucking up water from the surface...it was unreal
Jason Molinet July 19, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Great story. Glad you are here to tell it.
Francesca Friedman July 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I was the women stuck in the car. The storm was nothing like I've ever seen. I was at the yacht club taking photos of the storm coming in. First I saw water spouts over the water just before the wind and rain. The sound of the wind was like a express train running through. My car felt like it was going to lift off the ground and flip over. I did what I thought was the safest and started to drive out of there. Next thing I know my car is under a tree and I couldn't get out. Someone was in a car behind me who didn't even get out to help me. He just drove around me on the sidewalk and left. Thanks to a young man who came down the street to look at the damage of the fallen tree who came to my rescue. He reached into the car and told me to calm down touching my arm. He told me the police were on their way and he stayed with me in the rain and wind. His name was John. Thank you John I hope to someday properly Thank You! Francesca Friedman
Eileen Coles July 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Glad you're ok Francesca.
Micah Danney July 20, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Glen Cove EMS Chief Matt Venturino explains: Different hospitals have different specialty designations. Glen Cove Hospital is a specialized stroke center. The injuries sustained in these incidents qualified as trauma, and the two closest trauma centers that Glen Cove EMS transports to are Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. One is chosen based on time of day, patient volume in the ER and road traffic. A majority of specialty patients are transported outside the city to a location where they can receive specialized care.


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