Punishing Heat Causes Commuter Woes, Prompts Severe Weather Alerts

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Tri-State Area residents looked for ways to beat the kind of heat that hasn’t been felt since last August and the rain across the area Tuesday provided some much-needed relief from the sweltering heat.

Storms also brought wind, heavy rain and lightning to the area. The downpour caught many in the city off guard, forcing them to make a run for it without umbrellas, using anything they could find as a cover.

A gust of wind also caused a man in his 60s to be injured in Bryant Park after he got hit in the head by a falling tree limb, CBS 2′ s Derricke Dennis reported. He was treated at Bellevue Hospital for a cut on his head and released.

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There was also no escaping the scorcher for commuters at Penn Station on Tuesday.

Temperatures in the NJ TRANSIT…

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