•  The thunderstorm hit New York City on Monday, shortly before 5 pm
  • A tree on 79th and Broadway collapsed and smashed into a car 
  • Driver considers himself ‘lucky’ to have survived the incident
  • At the LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports, flights were delayed for up to five hours 

Timothyna Duncan For Dailymail.com

What began as a typical summer’s day in New York City ended with a severe thunderstorm that toppled trees, broke down cars and caused flight delays. 

Ominous clouds loomed over the city before the torrential downpour began at around 5 pm. 

DailyMail.com recorded the gradual change in weather from offices in New York’s East Village.

The day started out as a typical summer's day in New York City with temperatures reaching a high of 86 degrees

The day started out as a typical summer's day in New York City with temperatures reaching a high of 86 degrees

The day started out as a typical summer’s day in New York City with temperatures reaching a high of 86 degrees

Just a 30-minute drive away, a tree collapsed and smashed onto a car on 79th and Broadway. 

The driver Robert Toro from Bergenfield, New Jersey, considers himself ‘lucky’ to have survived.

He told NBC New York about the moment he realized what happened: ‘Just shocked the heck out of us, we’re just lucky to be alive, not hurt, and now I’m just starting to calm down a little bit.’

Flights were delayed for up to five hours at the LaGuardia and John F.Kennedy airports. 

Things took a dark turn as clouds began looming over the city shortly before 5pm

Things took a dark turn as clouds began looming over the city shortly before 5pm

Things took a dark turn as clouds began looming over the city shortly before 5pm

Mere minutes later the torrential downpour took over the city, causing trees to topple over and stopping pedestrians in their steps

Mere minutes later the torrential downpour took over the city, causing trees to topple over and stopping pedestrians in their steps

Mere minutes later the torrential downpour took over the city, causing trees to topple over and stopping pedestrians in their steps

On 79th and Broadway, a tree collapsed and smashed into a car. The driver, Robert Toro says he is 'lucky' to be alive

On 79th and Broadway, a tree collapsed and smashed into a car. The driver, Robert Toro says he is 'lucky' to be alive

On 79th and Broadway, a tree collapsed and smashed into a car. The driver, Robert Toro says he is ‘lucky’ to be alive

 

 

 

 

   

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