A fast-moving rainstorm passed through the region Saturday afternoon, dropping marble-size hail in parts of New York and New Jersey, while lighting up social media.
A thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service for New York and New Jersey and a "Special Weather Statement" from the Office of Emergency Management released Saturday warned of the nasty combination of thunderstorms, gusty winds, and hail heading to the Tri-state area. Mayor Bill de Blasio also warned New Yorkers of wind speeds of up to 40 miles per hour between the hours of 2 to 4 p.m.
By 2 p.m. a dark cloud had hovered over New York City. Then came the hail, inspiring a flood of social media posts showing marble-sized ice rocks crashing down on New York City. There've been no reports of
On Twitter, a social media post by Gaelic Steel captured several seconds of non-stop hail coming down a New York City street, with some of it funneling to a sewer.
In Rockaway, New Jersey, the amount of hail coming down sounded like a thousands of chards of glass hitting the ground.
Another user caught a friend open up a window to deliberately get pelted by the pea-size hail.
If you want to see just how this storm came through Washington Heights from beginning to end, check out this video:
Meantime, Adam Crane caught the hail event from a high-rise, capturing crackles of hail coming down.
The hail didn't last long, but the weather didn't let up. Shortly after the hail came down, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Long Island.