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NJ Teen Struck by Lightning During Thunderstorms Expected to Be OK

What to Know

  • The troubling storms that triggered a weak tornado in New Jersey made another pass at the tri-state Thursday evening
  • Pop-up storms started to sweep over New York around 2 p.m. and arrived in and around the city by 8 p.m.
  • By late evening Thursday, the storms will move out, paving the way for a nice and beautiful end of the week

Another round of severe storms rolled through the tri-state on Thursday, bringing more torrential rain, damaging winds and lightning strikes — one of which struck a teen in New Jersey.

The 18-year-old was with friends at a Chatham High School field around 8 p.m. when the storms arrived, and he was indirectly hit by a bolt of lightning as the group was running for cover.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was in stable condition.

The strong thunderstorms made their way over from western New York into the area around the city between 7 and 8 p.m., with multiple counties in New Jersey, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and even Staten Island being issued severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the evening. Storm Team 4 warned that the cells had potential to bring heavy winds, rain and penny-sized hail to towns in its path.

In the city, thunder and lightning rumbled through just after 8 p.m., bringing heavy rain for a matter of minutes before continuing to move west.

Track the storms with our interactive radar below.

There were dozens of reports of trees downed and roads closed in New York's Ulster and Dutchess counties in the aftermath of the storms, but the damage in most places paled in comparison to the troubling storms that triggered a small tornado in New Jersey Wednesday. 

The Giants vs. Jets pre-season game at MetLife Stadium was delayed, and fans in attendance instructed to seek shelter inside the concourse, as lightning flashed above the stadium. The matchup was put on hold for about 45 minutes, before restarting around 8:30 p.m. Check the latest severe weather alerts for your neighborhood here. 

Though some isolated cells brought intense weather, all the nasty weather had moved out from the area by 11 p.m., setting up great weather just in time for the weekend. Expect a slightly less humid Friday with a high around 85 and the sun breaking through during the afternoon.

And that beautiful weather carries over throughout the weekend and into next week, with just the chance of some isolated thunderstorms coming back later on Tuesday.

Chopper 4 gives an aerial view of some of the damage in Springfield, New Jersey, after a weak tornado briefly touched down there during Wednesday’s ferocious and widespread severe weather.
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