A severe thunderstorm Wednesday brought heavy rain, flashes of lightning, and thunder to the tri-state region of New York City, Newark and Jersey City. A video taken during the thunderstorm showed the moment lightning struck the Statue of Liberty and the stunning footage is now being widely shared online. Many on social media have dubbed it a ‘sign from God’ due to the current political scenario in the country.
Twitter user Mikey Cee captured the moment when massive lightning bolt struck the iconic monument. The video was taken from a dock on Ellis Island, and had over a million views in a few hours. It was also widely shared by other handles.
— Mikey Cee (@_Mikey_Cee) July 22, 2020
The clip reminded many about the 1984 film Ghostbusters and some even joked that the lightning should have “hit the White House”. Many pointed out a similar event was seen recently in the national capital.
Welp. That’s spectacular https://t.co/P9rjdBkfA8
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) July 22, 2020
If you don’t believe in signs from God then you aren’t paying attention. Pay attention 👇 https://t.co/Id9ihmP0QI
— Todd Harrison (@todd_harrison) July 22, 2020
I’m not saying this is Ghostbusters 2. But I’m not *not* saying it. https://t.co/Pfuw9mqXOZ
— Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) July 23, 2020
at this point a UFO could strike the statue of liberty and i wouldn’t be surprised. https://t.co/uugY9AwGIH
— katy (@KatyWellhousen) July 23, 2020
All it’s missing is Ghostbusters sound track. https://t.co/WKGIU7Vbfh
— Amy Alkon (@amyalkon) July 23, 2020
Any other year this is cool. In 2020 it just comes off as particularly ominous.
— Peter Mallouk (@PeterMallouk) July 23, 2020
Update – statue appears to have animated and is walking toward Trump Tower.
She looks *pissed*. pic.twitter.com/25QstuoMkg
— Jacob Wisner (@JacobWisner1) July 23, 2020
The whole story of America July 2020
in two seconds.
— RiversideKitty (@OnTheHudsonNYC) July 23, 2020
It is My warning to a country using chemical weapons on its own citizens. https://t.co/81YIDgcIoj
— almightygod (@almightygod) July 23, 2020
My 9 year old just said “Perhaps it’s trying to tell us what America has become.”
— Tweet Yurazoff (@yurazoff) July 23, 2020
It’s pretty easy to figure out who is responsible for this high voltage attack on lady liberty… pic.twitter.com/0nEiobMKpn
— Larry Todesca (@larrytodesca1) July 23, 2020
Lightning bolts hit the Washington monument just a few weeks ago.
— non-entangled and content (@jazzibemoody) July 23, 2020
I think the lightening strike hitting on the Statue of Liberty is giving her strength from God above to help our nation heal and survive this crisis
— Rosa Ayala (@rosaayala33) July 23, 2020
In New Jersey, storms flooded streets and obscured the skyline with torrential rain in weather conditions similar to tropical storms, and more rain and severe storm are expected on Thursday as well. According to CBS New York, two people were struck by lightning in the South Ozone Park in Queens. In the same area, lightning also struck a church steeple and sparked a fire, but there were no injuries.