Photographers both professional and amateur around New York City captured lightning striking the skyline as a severe summer storm set upon the city Wednesday evening.

One World Trade Center. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Manhattan skyline. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The Empire State Building. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images+

The East River, the United Nations and Tudor City are seen in the foreground. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


Joseph Rojas and Abigail Zolotarsky embrace as lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)