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Lightning Strikes World Trade as Storms Hit NYC

What to Know

  • Showers and thunderstorms moving in overnight Wednesday made for a rough commute Thursday morning before clearing up
  • Twitter user Max Guliani shared photos of multiple lightning strikes hitting One World Trade during the storms
  • Another round of strong storms is possible Thursday afternoon; next comes a four-day stretch of potential temperatures in the 90s

Multiple lightning strikes hit One World Trade Thursday morning as storms associated with an approaching warm front hit the city Thursday morning, making for a rough commute in spots ahead of a second round of bad weather. 

Manhattanite Max Guliani shared photos of several earlier strikes -- and said he saw at least five hit the tower as the storms rolled through.

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@maximusupinNYc - Max Guliani
Max Guliani captured these photos Thursday morning as the storms rolled through.

Rainfall rates up to one inch per hour were reported in the morning. The weather improved, but took a turn for the worse in the afternoon. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for Dutchess and Ulster counties as round two started to roll across the region. 

A flood advisory was also issued for most of New York City through the evening, with possible excessive runoff from heavy rainfall. See all weather alerts here. 

Storm Team 4 says strong storms are possible through Thursday afternoon -- the strongest cells could produce damaging winds or even a weak tornado, according to Storm Team 4.

After the storms, conditions will remain a bit muggy and unsettled with highs climbing into the mid-80s ahead of a four-day stretch of possible 90-degree (or higher) temperatures, which would mark the first heat wave of the summer.

For those making Fourth of July plans, right now the forecast looks partly cloudy with highs in the mid-80s.

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