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.
Act 2: The storm arrives and intensifies. Rain drenches the city. Lightning bolts continue criss-crossing the skyline.
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.
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.
Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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