Dramatic moment lightning bolt strikes One World Trade Center and lights up the New York skyline as thunderstorm batters the city
A huge thunderstorm saw lightning hit the newly completed One World Trade Center making for dramatic scenes in New York on Sunday evening as storms battered the city and raged across the east coast of America.
The thunderstorm provided New Yorkers some much-needed relief from a weekend of sweltering temperatures while also providing one keen photographer the opportunity to capture these dramatic images.
Storms flattened trees and utility poles in parts of northern New England, delayed flights in New York City and caused a tornado to touch down in South Carolina.
The weather service issued a rare tornado warning as a line of thunderstorms raced through New Hampshire into western Maine.
By early Monday, more than 12,000 customers were still without power in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, down from more than 40,000 outages at the peak.
The stormy weather in the New York City region shortened the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game to 5 1/2 innings and produced backups at major airports. But by early Monday, delays were down to 15 minutes or less at airports on the East Coast.
The Big Apple has been sweltering in record temperatures for several days before the thunderstorm.
Temperatures hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) for the third day in a row in parts of New York and New Jersey on Saturday, making it the first official heat wave of the year.
Temperatures peaked at 32 degrees Celsius in Central Park and 33 degrees in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday afternoon after hitting similar sweltering numbers Thursday and Friday.
Keen photographer Nick Carwile, 18, was in the city visiting family and was fortunate to have his camera with him when the storm broke.
But it wasn’t until he looked closer that he noticed the bright blue bolt that had spectacularly struck the top of the iconic 1,776ft tall landmark.
Nick captured these dramatic image from his aunt and uncle’s apartment in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. He had never witnessed serious storms where he lives in Alaska.
He said: ‘At first I didn’t really know what was going on – I started taking pictures just hoping something would happen.
‘When the bolts of lightning struck, there was a huge flash of light and less than two seconds later the loudest thunder I have ever heard rattled my room – I almost picked up my camera in fear of it falling off the window ledge.
‘After the exposure was complete I couldn’t believe what I saw – I felt amazingly lucky to finally capture a strike.
‘I didn’t know where the lightning had stuck until I looked at the picture again 20 minutes later.
‘I actually didn’t notice it had struck One World Trade but it was an incredible feeling to know I’d got that exact moment.’
The U.S has been battered by extreme weather in the last month including a two mile wide tornado which tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City leaving a trail of devastation reminiscent of a war zone as it leveled entire streets and buildings killing 13 people
The tornado cut a 20 mile long swath of destruction – flattening an elementary school and medical center in the town of Moore as the tornado winds reached upwards of 200 mph. New York itself has see an increase in storms in recent years including the Superstorm Sandy last autumn which caused major flooding throughout the city.
The final part of One Wold Trade Center was only recently completed with the final component of the antenna installed on top the skyscraper on 10 May this making it the third tallest building in the world.