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Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

  • Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Fans shoot selfies during Penguin Prison's set at the Freedom Stage during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)

    Fans shoot selfies during Penguin Prison's set at the Freedom Stage during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)

  • Fans cover from the rain during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)

    Fans cover from the rain during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)

  • Concert goers leave the Budweiser Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

    Concert goers leave the Budweiser Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

  • Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • A tennis fan stops for a photo as she exits the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    A tennis fan stops for a photo as she exits the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a heavy rain falls suspending play of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a heavy rain falls suspending play of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Court maintenance workers dry off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Court maintenance workers dry off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

  • Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Concert goers leave the Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Fans shoot selfies during Penguin Prison's set at the Freedom Stage during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
  • Fans cover from the rain during Made In America 2014 at the Philadelphia Art Museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014.  (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
  • Concert goers leave the Budweiser Made in America Festival after the grounds are evacuated due to thunderstorms on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
  • Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • A tennis fan stops for a photo as she exits the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Tennis fans exit the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a heavy rain falls suspending play of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Court maintenance workers dry off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium during a rain delay at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast yesterday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx last night as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Department of New York said. The men were being treated at a hospital, and the extent of their injuries was unknown.

Torrential rain and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations in Philadelphia, where a parkway hosting a music concert was evacuated for safety reasons. Organizers of the Made in America festival warned people to move quickly and calmly to the exits and to protected areas outside the downtown festival site until the bad weather passed.

Anne Beyens of Scottsdale, Ariz., was among a group of five waterlogged friends who were told to leave the concert after watching deejay 3LAU and ended up at a bar a mile away. They said most of the headliners they wanted to see, including Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon, were scheduled for later in the night so they were hoping to return.

“We knew it was going to rain,” Beyens said. “We didn’t know they were going to kick us out.”

Besides temporarily stopping the Made in America concert, the bad weather also forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on an island in New York’s East River and halted play for the first time at this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens.

Former champion Maria Sharapova took notice of the screeching weather warnings on reporters’ cell phones as she answered questions about her loss to 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki just before the storm hit.

“Is that the flood warning? Darn it. If I was only there a little longer,” she said to laughter.

Electric Zoo spokesman Stefan Friedman said “the safety and security of all attendees, artists and staff” was the primary concern as people were told to leave. The decision was made about six hours before the festival was scheduled to end on Randall’s Island, where fans have to take ferries and shuttle buses.

The National Weather Service said it had reports of wind damage and flash flooding in East Orange, New Jersey, and reports of large tree branches down on Long Island. It said most of the damage was reported between 4:20 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., when the storms were intense.

More than 30 flights in and out of the New York metro area were delayed and at least one was canceled because of the severe weather, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. Storms also disrupted air travel in Philadelphia and the Baltimore-Washington region.

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