Trees down, cars crushed after storm (with photos and video)

By Matt Hicks
By Dave Greber
By Steve Miller

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A group of slow-moving gusty storms blew through the Twin Tiers Wednesday evening. Although they weren't all that widespread, they left plenty of damage in their wake.

Thousands lost power during the peak of the storms. Trees fell on vehicles, leaving local residents stranded and closing more than a few local roads. The heavy rains also caused some urban flash flooding, mostly near underpasses.

For some residents, it was a close call.

Schiller Street resident Rebecca Hearn was out getting groceries when the storm came through.

She came back home to see plenty of damage.

"The kids were out. They were crying and I looked and the tree had totally collapsed. It hit the roof up there first and tore the edge of the roof off then hit my mom's car," said Hearn.

"I'm just amazed that a storm could do this in 15 minutes-time in New York," she added.

Donna Parmer was on her porch when the storm blew through.

"The wind was incredible and then all of a sudden I heard crack and I could see the tree coming so I ran," said Parmer, who lives on Berlin Street.

The tree landed on Parmer's car, which she bought just six weeks ago.

Parmer says she is thankful no one near her home got hurt.