A Torrential New York Rain Storm, In 3 Acts

A major downpour drenched New York City Wednesday and put on an impressive lightning show.

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Act 1: A massive storm rolls toward New York City.

With the United Nations in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP / Getty Images

The storm arrived Wednesday afternoon. As it approached, lightning shot down toward buildings and empty land. The storm prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning for New York City and nearby areas that lasted from 7:15 p.m. until after 9 p.m.


Dark clouds hover over lower Manhattan Wednesday. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP / Getty Images


People walk along a wind swept beach in Coney Island Wednesday. Carlo Allegri / Reuters

Act 2: The storm arrives and intensifies. Rain drenches the city. Lightning bolts continue criss-crossing the skyline.

Lucas Jackson / Reuters

A storm assaults New York City with lightning. (Photo by @GaryHershorn)

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One World Trade Center gets hit by lightning during a storm tonight. #newyork #newyorkcity @nyc @newyork #lightning

— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn)


4th Avenue is underwater.

— Mathew Katz (@MathewKatz)

Here we go again. #stormy #gotham being dark and sparkly tonight #nyc #lightning #weather

— t3nman (@t3nman)

The storm wreaked havoc in other New York communities as well. In Sullivan County, about 100 miles from New York City, more than 4,000 people were without power. And in Niskayuna, about 160 miles from NYC, firefighters had to rescue a couple who tried to drive down a flooded street.

AP Photo/The Times Union, Skip Dickstein

Act 3: The storm moves on as the sun sets.

Amazing sunset after the #storm tonight in #NYC. #weather

— Inga Sarda-Sorensen (@isardasorensen)


Magnificent sunset over NYC's Times Square after storm ripped through city:

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy)


Wednesday’s storm cleared out by the end of the day, but it may have just been a prelude of things to come; Tropical Storm Arthur was slowly moving up the coast Wednesday and was expected to hit New York City later in the week.

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Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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