Today lightening strikes wreaked havoc in the Crown Heights and Lefferts Gardens areas of Brooklyn, New York. These areas are not privy to such occurrences. Lightening destroyed portions of the roof of an apartment building on Empire Boulevard and Sterling Place, pelting bricks as large as shoe boxes to the street below. That intersection was closed off for a few hours.
The most destructive lightening strike in Brooklyn today unfortunately happened on New York Avenue. An apartment building at the corner of Winthrop Avenue, just a stones throw from Kings County Hospital Center and SUNY Downstate Medical Center caught fire when lightening apparently cut straight across the roof. The 7 floored building, housing 100 families, was defenseless against nature's freakish onslaught. It took over 100 fire fighters almost 4 hours to put out the blaze. Twenty four firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. The displaced families were offered the school on Fenimore Avenue, just a few blocks away, to stay temporarily.
I can't imagine what it is like to lose everything you own in the blink of an eye. Thank God everyone got out safely, so they did not lose everything. They still have their lives and the lives of their families. Our prayers and hearts go out to them.
Sitting here typing, I can see the monstrous lightning bolts wildly lighting up the rainy summer night sky. Nature can be both beautiful and destructive at the same time. This is why I stress the need to have Go Bags. Most state websites outline what a Go Bag is and what should go into it. Go Bags can be regular back packs filled with necessities such as water, flashlights, non-perishable food etc.; things that will help uphold you in case of a natural disaster or the like that would force you to get up and "Go" from your home to a place of safety. Since the Hurricane Katrina disaster, it has been stressed that Go Bags are a necessity. Check it out on your state's official website.
New Yorkers, click here http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_prepared/supplies.shtml