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Arthur coming: Lightning hits One World Trade Center in NY thunderstorm

Published time: July 03, 2014 16:15
Edited time: July 03, 2014 18:03
Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

A powerful thunderstorm rolled through New York on Wednesday, providing the residents with scary, but spectacular light show as hurricane Arthur is expected to touch down.

The thunderstorm hit the Big Apple at 8:00 pm ET, bringing black clouds and heavy rain with it.

Lightning strikes above the Manhattan skyline during sunset after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

Massive lightning bolts cut apart the skies above Manhattan, with one striking the top of One World Trade Center.

The wild weather quickly attracted amateur and professional photographers, who posted numerous photos of the thunderstorm on the web.

After it passed, people flocked to the streets to take pictures of the beautiful sunset, which was colored in orange and purple.

However, it wasn’t fun for some, as the storm led to a collapse of a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The incident saw five people receiving minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said.

Workers clean up after what local media describe as a stone facade collapsed underneath the Brooklyn Bridge after an unusually strong summer storm in New York July 2, 2014. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

The heavy rain left parts of New York and nearby areas flooded. The flash flood warning will be in effect in the city until noon on Friday.

With the United Nations and Tudor City in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River as a major storm approaches New York City July 2, 2014. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, is expected to bring more thunderstorms, heavy rain and winds of over 130 kilometers per hour to much of the America’s Northeast on Friday.

Dark clouds form over lower Manhattan as a major storm comes in over the city July 2, 2014. (AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary)

Meteorologists say the weather is likely to improve until late Friday, and won’t hamper the traditional Independence Day fireworks on July 4.

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