On Monday [August 1] a very bad thunder storm mixed with hail, which measured three inches in diameter as shown on page three of The Queens Courier hit the Great Neck, Little Neck, Douglaston, Glen Oaks Village and New Hyde Park area.
I was in Great Neck at the time and was getting on the N25 going toward Floral Park when the storm hit. I had just gotten aboard the 4:12 when the rain was getting heavy and it had flooded the whole south side of the station, where even the sidewalks were covered. After this bus I was to connect to the Q46 near LIJ Hospital on Lakeview Road.
It was raining hard – when all of a sudden we heard loud thunder and saw many lightening strikes and if that was not enough we saw large chunks of hail falling from the sky.
Our bus driver said don’t worry we will make a detour and go up Lakeview Road. It took us a long time because Northern Boulevard was slowly becoming a parking lot and we were lucky to be traveling two miles an hour.
I must praise our bus driver who kept his eyes on the road and kept us informed and safe. And he did it well and for that all of us on the N25 are very grateful for that.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village,