Earlier this evening, the skies opened up offered a torrent of rain—not to mention some strong winds that have left downed trees in all the boroughs. Then there were rainbows—and now there's more thunder and lightning! There's still a severe thunderstorm warning in effect; according to WCBS 2, the National Weather Service "has issued the alert for Queens, Kings (Brooklyn), Richmond (Staten Island), New York (Manhattan), and Bronx Counties in New York until 9:45 p.m."

Other useful information from WCBS 2: "National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated an area of thunderstorms producing penny-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. In addition to large hail and damaging winds, frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately! Lightning is one of natures greatest killers. Remember: if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning."

Updated: Now with photographs of this evening's lightning—it was nuts!