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    Crazy photos show boat sinking, lightning striking Statue of Liberty during wild NY storm

    By Isabel Keane,


    Here’s hoping for some May flowers.

    Wild videos captured extensive damage from this week’s powerful coastal storm that brought strong winds and relentless rain to the Big Apple — leaving residents waking up Thursday to crushed cars, downed utility poles, and debris littering the streets.

    Videos shared online show the destruction left from the days of steady torrential rain and high winds.

    One crazy clip shows a boat nearly sinking into Sheepshead Bay during Wednesday afternoon’s torrential rain storm.
    Lightning strikes the Statue of Liberty, captured by photographer Dan Martland on April 3rd, 2024 @DanTVusa/X
    A boat was seen sinking in Sheepshead Bay during Wednesday’s storm. Citizen

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    The vessel, near Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, can barely be seen sticking out from underneath the water as waves crash into it from all angles.

    Another clip shows a large tree that toppled onto a car Wednesday on West 102nd Street in Manhattan, mangling its trunk. Shattered glass from the car’s rear windscreen can be seen scattered across the road.
    A car was crushed by a downed tree in the Upper West Side. Maris via Storyful
    Traffic was cut off on the block after the tree toppled over. Maris via Storyful

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    The massive downed tree, covered in beautiful white flowers, also completely closed off the street to traffic as it lay entirely across the road.

    Unbelievable photos taken during Wednesday’s storm also showed lightning appearing to strike the Statue of Liberty’s torch.

    ⚡️“She’s Electric”⚡️
    This afternoons passing storm didn’t disappoint. The #StatueOfLibery getting zapped by a bolt of #Lightning #storm #weather #NYC

    — Dan Martland (@DanTVusa) April 3, 2024

    The stormy conditions, where winds reached up to 60 mph, also caused utility poles both in New York City and the surrounding suburbs to dangerously rock in the wind.

    Video from Hackettstown shows police responding to a utility pole dipping lower and lower toward the ground as 50 mph winds shook the power line.


    Thousands of people in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were without power Thursday morning following the damaging storm.
    A downed tree on Van Cortlandt Park South near Gouverneur Avenue in the Bronx, NY on April 3, 2024. Christopher Sadowski
    Video also captured utility poles in New Jersey dangerously swaying amid 50 mph winds. Jay Edwards via Storyful

    Around 8:30 a.m. there were 22,000 customers in New Jersey and 50,000 across New York state without power, including nearly 12,000 in Westchester County. A little over 6,000 customers were without power in Connecticut, according to

    By Thursday morning, the storm had largely come to an end, with the National Weather Service reporting that “a few last bands of rain, mixed with or predominately light snow inland, will continue this morning.”

    “A few showers are possible this afternoon and evening,” the agency noted.

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