Lightning Strikes World Trade Center – Photos

Dramatic moment lightning bolt strikes One World Trade Center and lights up the New York skyline as thunderstorm batters the city

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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.

Super storm: New York and the east coast of the US were battered by strong winds and rain. The storm caused power cuts leaving many still without electricity on Monday.

Super storm: New York and the east coast of the US were battered by strong winds and rain. The storm caused power cuts leaving many still without electricity on Monday

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Spire Permanently Installed on WTC Tower

Workers prepare to raise the silver spire atop the 1 World Trade Center building in New York early Friday May 10, 2013. The 408-foot spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light emanating from it will be seen from miles away. When it is fully installed on the building’s roof, it will bring the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Workers prepare to raise the silver spire atop the 1 World Trade Center building in New York early Friday May 10, 2013. The 408-foot spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light emanating from it will be seen from miles away. When it is fully installed on the building’s roof, it will bring the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK—The silver spire topping One World Trade Center has been fully installed on the building’s roof. That brings the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the spire’s installation was completed Friday morning.

Pieces of the spire were transported to the roof of the building last week. It weighs 758 tons.

The 408-foot spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. An LED-powered light emanating from it will be seen from miles away.

The new tower is at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center site, which is well on its way to reconstruction with the 72-story Four World Trade Center and other buildings.

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