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New York storms delay flights

NEW YORK, September 1, 2014

Severe thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach.

Rain halted play at the US Open in Queens, New York, interrupted the Made In America outdoor concert in Philadelphia and shut down the Electric Zoo electronic music festival on Randalls Island in New York, which ended early for a second year in a row.

Severe weather quickly swept across the metropolitan area in the late afternoon, with lightning striking a tree near Orchard Beach in the Bronx, injuring two people who were standing beneath it, said National Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash. They were taken to Jacobi Medical Center but a hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on their conditions.

Torrential rain and strong winds caused widespread delays at all airports in the New York metropolitan area as well as Philadelphia International Airport, according to FlightAware.com.

Skies cleared quickly after the early evening storm, although there were some lingering rain clouds.

"We could still see some showers or thunderstorms overnight in the New York area," meteorologist Nash said. - Reuters




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