Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lightning Strikes N

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lightning Strikes N

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A spectacular storm of lightning flashed through New York City for more than an hour Wednesday evening, leaving millions of residents abuzz Thursday morning with tales of jolts just across their streets and pictures of mesmerizing electric bolts across the Manhattan skyline.

But as the city joins the rest of America in anticipating fireworks of a different sort this Fourth of July weekend, stormy weather still looms over holiday barbecues and patriotic revelries, with hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, threatening the East Coast.

Which could dampen New York's 38th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks scheduled for Friday evening, weather permitting. The city is under a flash flood watch through Friday morning, as storms continue to move through the area throughout Thursday.

"Places like New York City and Philadelphia will see some pretty good rain through Friday morning, but then things will improve quickly as we head into the afternoon hours," said AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

The muggy weather in New York City hit 90 degrees for the first time this year on Wednesday as the lightning storm passed through at dusk. When the displays of lightning began to move out, the city witnessed a glowing-red, yellow, and greenish sunset in the stormy evening gloaming, as lightning continued to flash throughout the sky.

"Isn't this the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?" tweeted Tim O'Brien, publisher of Bloomberg View, reposting one of the across- the-street bolts first tweeted by NBC News and referencing the famous denouement of the 1981 film. The spectacular bolt was first caught on video and posted to Instagram under the account of Dinesh Penugonda.

Isn't this the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark? "@NBCNews: Lightning strikes ground in NYC"-- Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) July 3, 2014

The social mediaverse buzzed worldwide with "Wows! …

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