NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pop-up storms wreaked havoc in parts of the Tri-State Area Wednesday.

The storms brought pea-sized hail in Lakewood, New Jersey, and there were lightning strikes in New Jersey and Manhattan.

CBS2’s cameras caught a lightning strike hitting the top of One World Trade Center.

Instagram users also captured the lightning blast.

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CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported some storm systems were still hovering over the East End of Long Island as of 9 p.m., and more popup storms were expected as late as between 11 p.m. and midnight.

One popup storm system was heading northeast from Allentown, Pennsylvania as of 9 p.m., and was expected to arrive in New York City by 11:30 p.m.

In the greater weather picture, a rotating system of storms was hovering late Wednesday over the northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, causing instability even as far to the southeast as the Tri-State Area.

For St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, conditions are expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and southwest winds of 5 to 20 mph. Some showers may appear during the latter half of the parade, Quinn reported.


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