NY storms halt music festival, US Open

By REUTERS
September 1, 2014 05:10

 
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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 also halted play at the US Open in Queens and interrupted the Made In America outdoor concert in Philadelphia.

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.

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.

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