The event had already begun when a storm and a series of lightning strikes began to hit the area, prompting event organizers to ask the public to leave the area.
“Due to the approaching bad weather, all event participants should calmly move to the nearest exits and head to areas outside the park. This is not an emergency,” the NYPD said on social media.
The area is about to be hit by Hurricane Henry. Despite predictions of a storm, the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, confirmed that the event would proceed normally. Both the city and state of New York are of interest because of the hurricane.
The event, which took place in Central Park, the city’s traditional tourist district, will draw on big names in music, such as Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Despite the halt, event organizers are considering resuming it if weather conditions improve in the next few hours.
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