Thursday evening's powerful storm brought high winds and a heavy rains to the city, killing a 61-year old man walking home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Richard Schwartz was killed after lightning struck Christ Church on Clinton Street and the scaffolding tumbled onto him, crushing his body.

FDNY Deputy Chief Vinny Mandela said, "It appears that there was a lightning strike that struck the steeple of the building. It knocked several big blocks down."

NBC reports the man was taken to Long Island College Hospital in Brookyn where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8PM.

The worst damage from Thursday's storm occurred outside of the city, knocking out power lines and trees in Elmira, New York.

A National Weather Service meteorologist confirms a helicopter is currently surveying the town to determine whether a tornado was responsible for the extensive damage.

Photos from Thursday's storm:

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  • Clouds gather over apartment buildings a

    Clouds gather over apartment buildings ahead of a thunderstorm on the east side of Manhattan July 26, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Derecho!

  • Scary clouds over New York City!

  • Pedestrians pass an umbrella vendor during heavy rains in Times Square, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in New York. The storm resulted in more than 20,000 customers without power in the Elmira area in upstate New York, where buildings were damaged, power lines and trees toppled, and hospitals placed on disaster status after a possible tornado hit the city Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Storm clouds loom over Times Square as Manhattan braced for heavy weather, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in New York. The storm resulted in more than 20,000 customers without power in the Elmira area in upstate New York, where buildings were damaged, power lines and trees toppled, and hospitals placed on disaster status after a possible tornado hit the city Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Pedestrian's umbrellas buckle under high winds as a massive storm loomed above Times Square, Thursday, July 26, 2012, in New York. The storm resulted in more than 20,000 customers without power in the Elmira area in upstate New York, where buildings were damaged, power lines and trees toppled, and hospitals placed on disaster status after a possible tornado hit the city Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

  • Clouds gather over an apartment building

    Clouds gather over an apartment building ahead of a thunderstorm on the east side of Manhattan July 26, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx

    Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx July 26, 2012 in New York. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in the New York City area. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx

    Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx July 26, 2012 in New York. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in the New York City area. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Clouds gather over apartment buildings a

    Clouds gather over apartment buildings ahead of a thunderstorm on the east side of Manhattan July 26, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx

    Storm clouds move overhead in the Bronx July 26, 2012 in New York. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in the New York City area. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/GettyImages)

  • The storm roles in...

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  • East Harlem

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  • Stormy Hells Kitchen

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  • Storm Clouds Gathering

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  • Central Park North

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  • Storm in Jersey

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  • Storm Cloud of Darkness

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