As the five boroughs watch for another tornado, the NY Times profiles the team cleaning up trees from the last time we were hit. Turns out parks commissioner Adrian Benepe was urged to bring in an outside "hotshot" crew to help with damages, and yesterday the Tennessee team (of 21 men and 1 woman) was cleaning up downed trees in Prospect Park.

The team of elite interagency forestry experts are called the Cherokee Hotshots, and more often than not are called in to deal with putting out wildfires.

According to the paper, this is the first (among the 106 hotshot crews) to come to the city on business since these crews started forming in the 1940s. One of them told the paper, “We were pretty excited when we heard we were coming to New York. This is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Or maybe not, at the rate we're getting tornadoes around here...