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Storm darkens sky over New York City

Inga Sarda-Sorensen

The storm rips through New York City Wednesday afternoon.

Photographer Inga Sarda-Sorensen took this stunning photograph as the storm descended on New York City Wednesday afternoon. Reports of hail and heavy rain along the Jersey Coast come before a predicted break in the hot weather over the next couple of days.

Dhani Jones

Photo by Dhani Jones over New York City Wednesday afternoon @DhaniJones: http://instagram.com/p/NOuYQYgpx4

Photographer Dhani Jones (@Dhani jones on Twitter) took this photograph while flying around the storm and quickly posted it to his Instagram account, user name d0057.

Thunderstorms rolled through New York City on Wednesday, relieving the city of sweltering temperatures but replacing them with pounding rain, strong winds – and hail.

On Wednesday evening, storms affected air traffic along the East Coast and beyond. Inbound traffic to Newark International was delayed by more than 90 minutes, according to the FAA, while LaGuardia Airport was experiencing delays of more than two hours.

Adrees Latif / Reuters

Commuters dodge high wind and heavy rain during a thunderstorm in midtown Manhattan, in New York July 18.

 Thousands of New Yorkers lost power, and at least one injury was blamed on the storms, NBCNewYork.com reported.

 Earlier in the day, temperatures hit 103 degrees in Newark, 100 in Central Park, 101 at LaGuardia and 96 at JFK International.