Lightning, Hail Puts Damper on Jets Game, Region

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    AP
    Stands are empty before an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Jets on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in East Rutherford, N.J. The start of the game was delayed because of lightning and heavy rain; fans were cleared from the stands.

    Fans were cleared from the stands at the New Meadowlands Stadium 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the Minnesota Vikings-New York Jets game Monday night because of lightning and heavy rain.

    The inclement weather delayed the start twice. The game, originally scheduled for 8:30 p.m., was delayed at first by 20 minutes and then again until 9:15 -- when the game finally got underway.

    An announcement blared over the public address system telling fans to clear the stands, and the four video boards displayed a message that read: Due to lightning, please head to concourses until further notice Players from both teams, who were warming up on the field for the second time, headed to their locker rooms.

    Meanwhile, hail rained hard around the region during the flash lightning storm. Check out viewer pictures (left) and this video that was posted on YouTube by Bill Karins, meteorologist for Weekend Today and MSNBC (below).