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Late evening thunderstorms and severe weather on the evening of Thursday, August 4, 2022, and into the overnight hours early Friday, August 5, 2022, produced lightning across the skies of the southern Manhattan, southwest Brooklyn and the northeast sections of Staten Island.
Photos taken by Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) staff photographer Marc A. Hermann from the Shore Road Park hiking and bike path in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn captured lightning bolts which lit the skies over the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge and New York Bay.
The NWS says the hot temperatures and high humidity across the region led to the Severe Thunderstorm Warning which was issued at 9:45pm for Staten Island, Sandy Hook, New Jersey, the Fire Island Inlet in New York, and the Harbor.
There were no strikes reported on the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. New York State is considered to have a “moderate” occurrence of lightning, with 3.8 strikes occurring per square mile each year, according to the National Weather Service.