NY storms end Electric Zoo music
festival, halt U.S. Open, delay flights
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[September 02, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Severe
thunderstorms on Sunday forced an early end to New York's Electric Zoo
music festival, delayed flights at area airports and injured two people
after a lightning strike near a Bronx beach.
Rain halted play at the U.S. Open in Queens, New York, interrupted
the Made In America outdoor concert in Philadelphia and shut down
the Electric Zoo electronic music festival on Randalls Island in New
York, which ended early for a second year in a row.
"We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern,"
Electric Zoo organizers said in a Tweet explaining why the three-day
festival was cut short by "extreme weather." Thousands of
concertgoers were told to leave.
The festival ended early last year due to the deaths of two
concertgoers who used an illicit drug known as Molly, and the
tragedy led to new safety protocols this year.
Severe weather quickly swept across the metropolitan area in the
late afternoon, with lightning striking a tree near Orchard Beach in
the Bronx, injuring two people who were standing beneath it, said
National Weather Service meteorologist Lauren Nash. They were taken
to Jacobi Medical Center but a hospital spokeswoman declined to
comment on their conditions.
Torrential rain and strong winds caused widespread delays at all
airports in the New York metropolitan area as well as Philadelphia
International Airport, according to FlightAware.com.
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Skies cleared quickly after the early evening storm, although there
were some lingering rain clouds.
"We could still see some showers or thunderstorms overnight in the
New York area," meteorologist Nash said.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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