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Photos: Storms strike the Northeast

Updated 11:51 AM ET, Fri July 27, 2012
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Lightning flashes across the sky Thursday, July 26, in Nyack, New York, in this dramatic photo from CNN iReporter Eric Girard. Storms ripped through the Northeast on Thursday night, unleashing strong winds and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. courtesy Eric Girard
Ominous clouds hover over Nyack, a New York suburb, in another image from Girard. courtesty Eric Girard
Dark clouds hang over Manhattan on Thursday, July 26, in this photo from iReporter Thomas Piercy. courtesy Thomas Piercy
Another iReporter, David Steiner, snapped these thick gray clouds from Manhattan's Upper East Side at about 7:30 Thursday night. "One moment I was having dinner and the sky was almost clear, and then we looked out an saw this huge dark mass of clouds," Steiner says. "The rain and lightning and thunder came later." courtesy David Steiner
The storm brews over Columbus Circle, looking east over Central Park in New York on Thursday. Rob Frehse/cnn
Clouds gather over apartment buildings ahead of a thunderstorm on the east side of Manhattan on Thursday. AFP/Getty Images
Lightning forks over the New York skyline. CNN
iReporter Matthew Burke reports the strong storms in New York on Thursday night produced quite a show. He said it looked like the lightning initially struck the Bank of America building and then snaked its way through the sky. courtesy Matthew Burke
Lightning curls over Central Park. CNN
A lightning bolt strikes in New York, lighting up Central Park. CNN