Stunning pictures arise from New York storm

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The warnings of severe thunderstorms in the New York area started coming in Thursday afternoon. But anyone outside who looked up didn’t need to hear it from the National Weather Service — the sky told them.

Finding beauty in violent storms.

Dark clouds — and then lighting — provided awe-inspiring images around the region.

Photos: Storms hits Northeast

“The brunt of the storm itself was intense but short,” iReporter Matthew Burke of New York City said. “There was very strong rain and wind for about 15 minutes, at which point the rain cleared and the lightning show began.”

Gawker and the New York Daily News posted photos of the heavy clouds that appeared to blanket the sky and barrel down to the ground all at once.

The storms that hit central New York were severe, and wind gusts that may exceed 80 mph were forecast for metropolitan New York City…

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