NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Round two of wet weather settled over parts of the Tri-State Area on Thursday evening, pushing monthly rainfall totals within reach of the history books.
Titan radar indicated light to moderate showers passing through the region overnight before improving conditions were expected to move in heading into the weekend, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.
A strong wave of low pressure from the south was combining with one from the north, giving the area moderate showers Thursday evening.
Rain, wind and thunderstorms swept across the Tri-State earlier in the day, bringing with them floods and power outages.
By mid-afternoon, though, the worst of the first round of storms had passed, Quinn said. Early models predicted those storms to be followed by a lull and then a second strong band.
With the evening’s precipitation, close to an inch was registered in Central Park for the day. The additional rainfall made this the fifth wettest June since totals started being recorded in the 1860s. Historically, the average for the entire month of June is about 4.4 inches, Quinn reported.
Nearly 9 inches of rain has fallen in Central Park this month. With more than half the month to go, the record of 10.27 inches in 2003 is easily within reach, Quinn reported.
“I’m just tired of the rain,” Upper West Side resident Christy McCullough told CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian. “We’ve had so much rain, it’s like every other day almost.”
A flood warning for Fairfield County and flood watches for Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties remained in effect until Friday morning.
Earlier thunderstorms that rumbled across southern and central New Jersey brought heavy rain and lightning and left power outages in their wake.
In Lakewood, video captured a direct hit by a bolt of lightning at the Kars4Kids headquarters.
“It felt like there had been an explosion in the building because as the power went off, the lights popped,” Naomi Perlstein with Kars4Kids told CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock.
Another strike in Bayville rattled shoppers at a strip mall.
“Just exploded as if it was a stick of dynamite stuck in there. It was amazing,” said Doug Thomas.
As Murdock reported from the Mobile 2 Weather Lab in Lakewood, there were 3,269 strikes per hour as the system moved offshore. At its peak, there were more than 15,000 lightning strikes reported.
Two men were struck and injured by lightning as they were working outside in Marlboro Township, N.J. at the height of the storm Thursday.
“I saw a bolt of lightning. The bolt of lightning was pretty fierce. And when I saw that, immediately when I saw it I had a shock run through my right hand and out of my shoulder,” one lightning strike victim said.
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Flooding, Wind & Power Outage Concerns
With the ground already saturated with water brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, many residents in Nyack were worried about the risk of flash flooding on Thursday.