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Dramatic moment World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty are struck by lightning as thunderstorms

• The Sun

THE World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty were struck by lightning as severe thunderstorms with 75mph gales savaged the East Coast on Wednesday evening.

Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade Center - while smaller bolts scattered across the sky.

 Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade Center

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Dramatic photos captured the moment purple lightning bolts struck the tip of One World Trade CenterCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter

 One lightning bold is seen striking the tip of One World Trade

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One lightning bold is seen striking the tip of One World TradeCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter

 Huge bolts of lightning were also photographed hitting the middle of the Hudson River, near Lower Manhattan

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Huge bolts of lightning were also photographed hitting the middle of the Hudson River, near Lower ManhattanCredit: Dan Martland/Twitter

 A lightning bolt appeared to strike on or behind Lady Liberty

A lightning bolt appeared to strike on or behind Lady LibertyCredit: Fox News

Huge bolts of lightning were also photographed hitting the middle of the Hudson River, near Lower Manhattan - making an eerie sight.

The United States Weather Service warned of life-threatening 75mph gales as the massive storm surged across the Northeast on Wednesday evening.

New York was hit hard as powerful thunderstorms, heavy rain, and dangerous conditions knocked down trees and prompted power outages.


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