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An Instagram user captured impressive footage of a lighting bolt striking the ground in New York last night

Adverse weather is affecting New York City at the moment, with severe thunderstorms washing over the area on Wednesday evening. The full force of the storm was documented on social media, with Instagram user Dinesh Penugonda capturing spectacular footage of a lighting bolt striking land, with the darkened but unmistakable silhouette of Manhattan in the background. You can see the video below.


Americans living along the country's east coast are revising their July 4 holiday plans as the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arthur, grows in stature. It is close to reaching hurricane strength and residents in some southern states are currently evacuating threatened areas.

Tourists intent on celebrating Independence Day in the city on Friday should be spared the brunt of Arthur's force, however. Although heavy rain is expected in the morning, skies should clear by the evening meaning the night's fireworks displays will be in plain view.

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With the United Nations and Tudor City in the foreground, lightning strikes in the sky over the East River as a major storm approaches New York City July 2, 2014.
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Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014.
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Lightning strikes above the Manhattan skyline during sunset after a summer storm in New York July 2, 2014.