After the Storm
On the night of August 18 a severe storm, or Microburst, cut across Riverside Park, Central Park, and Randalls Island, with winds up to 70 mph. Over 100 trees in the north end of Central Park, near the Great Hill and the North Woods were felled and 500 more were seriously damaged.
Parks officials estimate the clean-up will take a week and cost in exceed of one million dollars.
Many of the fallen trees were particularly old and large. It might well take a century or more before similar trees replace these.
According to one Central Park Conservancy worker, parks workers who were in the park at the time of the storm were barely able to escape without injury. No word so far on the many raccoons who live in these old trees.