<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/feature/severe-weather http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSat, 23 Sep 2017 08:41:12 -0400Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:41:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Fujiwara Dance: What If Jose and Maria Interact? ]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:51:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/huracan+maria+18+sept.jpg

ANOTHER CRUSHING BLOW IN CARIBBEAN

In this historic, horrific hurricane season, one monster Category 4 hurricane has hit in the Gulf of Mexico (Harvey), and the latest one in Florida (Irma). Each caused tens of billions in damage-and lives. Now the newest monster is causing another Caribbean catastrophe in islands just south of the ones crushed by Irma. It strengthened to a Category 5 Monday night. The first to be hit: Dominica is getting a direct, “Barbuda-like” blast. Close by will be Guadeloupe and Martinique.

That small island just to the left of Maria’s eye is Dominica. Guadeloupe is the island just north of that; Martinique is the island just to the south. The only good thing about Maria is how small it is. The “donut of destruction” is only about 40 miles across, and the eye is barely 10 miles wide. But it is continuing to strengthen rapidly in the warm waters of the Atlantic.

The next target, unfortunately, appears to be Puerto Rico. Although there were more than a million without power after the storm, the core of Irma’s strength passed north of the island. What is going to happen if a Category 4 or 5 hurricane makes a direct hit? No one knows how bad it could be, since the last Category 4 strike was in 1932. And there has been only one recorded Category 5 direct hit was in 1928. Maria is now predicted by the National Hurricane Center to take a direct hit as a Category 5. That is truly a worse-case scenario.

You’d have to be in your 90s to remember a storm as strong as the one that may be about to hit. I say “may” because the computer models vary between a direct hit and a “graze” just to the north.

The 48-hour position is very close to the island. And yes, the Virgin Islands are in the path-again. After Puerto Rico, the forecast tracks are a bit east of the Bahamas.

THE “FUJIWARA” MOVE

It might sound like we’re making this up, but there really is a Fujiwara Effect, named after the person who discovered it. When two tropical systems get too close to each other (about 800 miles or less), they start to influence each other. And, ideally, they actually start rotating counter-clockwise around each other. If one of the storms is much bigger than the other, the smaller one can get absorbed into the bigger one.

Above is an example of the Fujiwara Effect from 2009 in the Western Pacific (the area with the most tropical storms on earth). Here is the write-up on what happened with these storms:

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=40615

Here is the track of one of those “Super-typhoons”:

(Courtesy Unisys)

You might not be familiar with the map, since it’s the other end of the world. China is in the upper left, and the track of the storm came from the east into the Philippines. What you should notice is the consistent track to the northwest, and then the storm suddenly stops and GOES RIGHT BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM, before resuming the westward track. What made that happen? That was when the other Super-typhoon approached from the west, and the two storms rotated a bit.

This is just one of a few Fujiwara examples I found, and some strange tracks happened as a result. Here is Hurricane Emmy from 1976, which was influenced by Francis:

This is another example of a fairly typical track changed quickly, and then resumed when the two storms get farther apart.

CAN JOSE AND MARIA DO A FUJIWARA? WILL THEY?

There is obviously very little history of these strange movements. That makes it even harder to predict. I doubt our computer models will be able to handle it. Exactly when will Storm #1 start changing course? Will it strengthen or weaken? And what will happen to Storm #2?

Here is the forecast map for the European model (the world’s best overall):

This is a 132 hour forecast, so this is more than 5 day’s away (valid Saturday evening). Jose is on the right side of the picture, and Maria at the lower right. The storms are about 800 miles apart and seem to be similar size (the intensity may be quite higher for Maria, but it’s a small storm). If this pattern verifies, it would possibly lead to a Fujiwara. One thing that could happen is that Maria getting closer could force Jose to move toward the East Coast, while Maria turns more to the right. This would save the U.S. from the monster Maria, but increase the threat from Jose.

This unusual pattern leads to even more uncertainty than tropical forecasts beyond 5 days (which are often iffy anyway). My advice is to be extra wary of any forecasts more than 5 days out with this pattern.



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<![CDATA[Glenn's Blog: Irma, Harvey & Climate Change]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:28:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/nhc-irma-harvey-jose-thursday.JPG

'Too Soon'. No.

There have been quotes after the storms: “It’s too early to talk about climate change and these hurricanes.” Or, “It’s very insensitive to the people in ____” (add disaster location here). Ask the storm victims in Texas or Florida if it’s too soon, or insensitive. Maybe we really should ask the victims that question. Chance are, they’d say “no”. It’s natural for people to want to know WHY and HOW their life just changed.

Is it too soon, or insensitive for police to ask victims of a car crash what just happened? Yes, they may be in shock. Yes, it may be uncomfortable. But it is my experience that people who say “It’s too soon….” really mean: “I don’t want this subject to be talked about. Ever!” Increasingly, it’s getting too uncomfortable to try to defend the idea that climate change had no impact on these recent disasters (Oh yes, let’s add the record wildfires out west).

The Non-Alarming Part

* Hurricanes are a part of nature, and probably have been around longer than humans.

* Even “monster” hurricanes (Category 4 and 5) have happened in the past, long before any human influence on climate.

* Previous hurricanes (and typhoons or cyclones, they are all the same thing) have stalled, leading to record flooding.

* Human activities, aside from adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, have clearly led to more flooding and more deaths than before humans existed. Destroying wetlands, farms and trees, and replacing them with concrete has made flooding worse.

* The number of hurricanes in recorded history is too small, and the natural variability of them is so large that it’s hard to prove climate/hurricane connections.

So We Throw Our Hands Up And Can’t Say Anything. Right?

Of course not. Just because we don’t know everything doesn’t mean we know nothing. Not everyone who smokes ends up getting lung cancer. But if you do get lung cancer, chances are high that you are or were a smoker. Science is not always about absolutes and 100 percent certainty. We knew enough back in the 1950s to SUSPECT that smoking led to increased cancer risk. Additional evidence in the 60s led to warnings on cigarette packs.

In this case, no respectable scientist is going to say that climate change CAUSED Harvey and Irma. That’s not the proper question anyway. Climate scientists don’t talk about hurricanes that way. It’s called a “straw man argument.” That means “misrepresenting an opponent’s position to make it easier to refute.”

The analogy of a baseball player using steroids has been used by many climate scientists. A player like Giancarlo Stanton does not need any steroid help to hit home runs. They go so far that the question is absurd. But what about a player who happens to use steroids and hits the ball just over the fence. We can’t prove that he wouldn’t have hit the homer without the use of steroids, but we’re pretty darn suspicious. On the other hand, no amount of steroids would enable me to hit a homer off a major league pitcher (maybe a little leaguer).

So, if it only takes 5 inches of rain to flood your house, getting 20 inches from Harvey probably wouldn’t make you suspect that climate change had any significant impact. But if it takes 18 inches to flood, you might reasonably be suspicious that the extra couple of inches wasn’t all “nature”.

The Climate Change/Hurricane Connection

The world is governed by laws of physics. At least this world is. There are equations to describe those laws. Some are simple, while others are complex. But they have been accepted by the scientific world for centuries. One of them is the Clausius-Clapeyron equation. It shows that there is about a 3-percent increase in average moisture in the atmosphere for every 1 degree (Fahrenheit) of warming. So:

Warmer ocean = more moisture

More moisture = more rain (or snow)

More rain = higher chance of flooding, or more area is flooded

The waters in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Tropical Atlantic have all warmed in recent decades. The amounts have varied, and daily weather patterns change those numbers, too. But that 3 percent moisture increase per degree is an AVERAGE over the earth. Storms tend to have the moisture gather in small areas. So we don’t know exactly how much more moisture was around for Harvey or Irma due to climate change. But we’re pretty sure it had some effect on increasing rainfall.

There are complicating factors that could add even more to the "moisture effect."

Warmer ocean = more intense storm

More intense storm = more wind

More wind = more “convergence” (winds coming together)

More convergence = more rain

So, this is a “multiplier”, also known as a “positive feedback.” So, what seems to be just a slight increase could be leading to larger ones than even current climate scientists agree on.

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Another factor that can actually be measured is sea level rise. We know how much it has risen over the decades. That amount is added to any storm surge, and increases the number of homes affected. This was calculated for Sandy, for example by the Institute for Environmental Studies in the Netherlands. The extra foot of sea level rise in the past century added about $2 billion extra damage. That didn’t mean anything if you were near the coast and flooded badly, but if you were in the area that flooded by a foot or less, it meant everything.

Harvey: The Storm That Refused to Move. Why?

No, we don’t know the answer to that question. And this is actually where an active climate change debate is happening right now (not the basics of climate change. They moved on from that long ago).

There have been some studies in the past decade that suggest a connection between the rapid ice melt in the Arctic and “blocking patterns” in the atmosphere much farther south. HIGH pressure across Canada, the North Atlantic or Greenland becomes even higher. One possible example was Sandy’s rare, sharp left turn that allowed it to slam into North Jersey. Some climate scientists suspect a connection, and have written peer-reviewed papers showing the reasoning.

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The most recent paper was published earlier this year by Dr. Michael Mann of Penn State, along with climate scientists from Minnesota, Germany and the Netherlands. It’s pretty complex stuff, but they did use real world data, and concluded:

“Both the models and observations suggest this signal has only recently emerged from the background noise of natural variability.”

Their 41 references include some of the biggest names in climate science. Some of their quotes:

Coumou et al.19 showed that the Northern Hemisphere summer jet and associated storm activity have weakened since 1979 and hypothesized that this could lead to more persistent, and therefore more extreme, summer weather.

This adds to the weight of evidence for a human influence on the occurrence of devastating events such as the 2003 European heat wave, the 2010 Pakistan flood and Russian heat wave, the 2011 Texas heat wave and recent floods in Europe.

Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro has followed the Arctic weather pattern changes for more than a decade. No computer models, just weather maps of the actual weather. There are striking similarities in the strength of HIGH pressure well north in many record floods.

Irma: Most Intense

Irma was a borderline Category 4 hurricane when it hit the Florida Keys, with 130 mph maximum winds. But it was a Category 5 with 185 mph winds when it hit part of the Caribbean, including the Virgin Islands. At one point, it was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin outside the Caribbean. Is it a coincidence that the most intense hurricane in the Atlantic occurred two years after the most intense hurricane in the Eastern Pacific (Patricia-215 mph), and only a few years after the most intense typhoon landfall in the Western Pacific (Haiyan-196 mph)? These “coincidences” are getting out of hand!

Did it really make that much difference that Irma went from 185 mph to 130 mph? It sure did. The chart below was the result of a study of hurricane damage back in 1998 (by Pielke and Lansea). The damage goes up exponentially, so there’s a huge difference!

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So, every bit of wind increase would make the resulting damage a lot worse. A 140 mph storm would cause FIVE times the damage of a 120 mph storm. And it’s not just the wind. The storm surge of an average hurricane would be about FIVE feet higher in the 140 mph storm, and at least TEN feet higher in the 185 mph Irma.

What’s my point? The warmer ocean than “normal” approaching the Caribbean probably intensified Irma somewhat. How much, we don’t know at this time. Research in the coming years may be able to answer that. We also don’t know yet if the unusually large size of Irma was related to the warming ocean (remember Sandy was the largest ever recorded in the Atlantic). If Irma hadn’t hit Cuba first, those winds in the Keys, Marco Island and Naples would have been much higher.

Also, add in the increased rainfall due to the increased moisture in the atmosphere, as explained earlier. The heavy rain in some areas (like Jacksonville) combined with the storm surge to create record flooding.

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The Bottom Line

1. No, it’s not too soon to talk about the climate change/hurricane connection.

2. The warmer ocean probably increased both the strength and rainfall.

3. There is increasing evidence that warming in the Arctic could be helping to stall storms, or steer them in unusual ways. This is a more controversial part of the conversation, but “attribution science” is gradually getting more respect in the climate science community.

4. There is still plenty of push-back on the climate/hurricane connection. But scientists aren’t just making up this stuff. They are collecting evidence and learning more each year.

5. Scientists tend to hesitate on making big pronouncements until they are at least 90 percent sure they are right. With such variable weather normally, it takes a lot of evidence to reach that level of confidence.

Because of all of the above, I have a very long-range forecast:

Twenty years from now, a lot of people will be saying: “What were they thinking back then? It was SO obvious that climate change was affecting extreme weather!”



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What do you do when the electricity goes out? You can Plug In, and Power Up!

NBC10 and Telemundo62 have partnered with Comcast to offer viewers who lose power the ability to recharge their devices at participating Comcast/Xfinity store locations in the region. As power outages occur, listed locations will become active Plug In, Power Up sites to assist viewers in need.This is a FREE service and anyone is welcome to visit participating locations.

You can visit any of these participating Plug In, Power Up locations -- please refer to the list below. Most stores are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

LOCATIONS:

Pennsylvania

  • 106 Bartlett Avenue, Exton, PA 19341
  • 116 West Township Line Rd, #500, Havertown, PA 19083
  • 130 Town Place, King of Prussia Town Center, King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • 518 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
  • 3903 Aramingo Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19137
  • 1351 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19147
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  • 941 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
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  • 1256 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753    
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  • 5601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Irma's Projected Path, Impact in Caribbean & US]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:49:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Irma_Anguillla.gif Hurricane Irma is making a big impact in the Caribbean, but the extremely strong storm is also projected to cause major trouble in the United States. Take a look at the latest projections of what is coming.

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<![CDATA[Irma Tracks Through Herbert Box, Ups the Odds of Striking FL]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:53:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tammie-Irma-Blog-5.jpg

Hurricane “Irma” is now a monster tropical cyclone the size of Texas with category 5 winds of 185 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center it also holds the record for the strongest tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Basin (excluding the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico). Atmospheric conditions do not favor weakening and no change of direction is expected before the weekend as it travels west toward Florida. The eye of “Irma” is clearly larger than the U.S Virgin Islands it will pass near and emergency plans have been activated along the projected path.

Here is the Tuesday evening satellite image along with the National Hurricane Center cone and both the GFS and European forecast tracks. In a bizarre twist of fate both forecast models currently have “Irma” making landfall in separate U.S. locations, but on the same day…September 11th.

Last week “Irma’s” path was forecast to track through a tiny area known as a “Herbert Box”, one of two regions in the tropical Atlantic that are indicators of a strong hurricane striking Florida. In “Irma’s” case the track has now passed through Herbert Box #1 located over the U.S. Virgin Islands just east of Puerto Rico between 15° and 20° north latitude and 60° to 65° west longitude.

This box is an indicator for storms between June and early September. The 2nd Herbert Box is over the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean between 15° and 20° north latitude and 80° to 85° west longitude and it is an indicator for storms between late September and late October. Both boxes measure roughly 335 miles by 335 miles in size.

Many of the hurricanes that have passed through the Herbert Box #1 form in the far eastern Atlantic like “Irma” did.  To qualify as a possible threat to Florida they must have 110 mph winds and track through the box rather than forming outside the box like Katrina in 2005 or crossing the box as a weak hurricane or tropical storm.

Why is box #1 a good indicator for “Irma”? The prevailing winds are towards Florida from this location and there is still ample room for greater intensification before landfall. However, a storm passing anywhere outside this box could still lead to a Florida strike, but the steering winds are less favorable for those storms.

Some of the destructive and deadly storms that passed through the Herbert Boxes before striking Florida were the unnamed storms in 1926, 1928, 1933 and 1935, Donna, Betsy, David, Inez, Cleo, Georges and Francis. One major hurricane that missed the box and barely missed Florida was the giant Floyd in 1999 which turned away from Florida at the last minute.  Both Katrina in 2005 and Andrew in 1992, formed outside of the Herbert box yet still struck Florida. In case you are wondering…Hurricane “Harvey” last month did not cross through the Herbert Box.

The two boxes are named after Paul Herbert, a former forecaster at the National Hurricane Center. He looked at hurricanes after 1900 and found a correlation between hurricanes with winds above 110 mph which had struck South Florida after passing through one of these two boxes.

(Hurricane Frances, 2004)

(Hurricane Georges, 1995)

(Hurricane Katrina, 2005)

((Hurricane Andrew, 1992)

((Hurricane Harvey, 2017)


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<![CDATA[Tracking Irma]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:05:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000022701270_1200x675_1039734339544.jpg

NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei is keeping an eye on the path of Hurricane Irma, which was upgraded to a Category 5 storm Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Harvey Keeps Dropping Rain on Houston]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:45:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tropical_Storm_Harvey_Keeps_Dropping_Rain.jpg

Flooding from tropical storm Harvey continued Monday as the storm kept battering the gulf coast of Texas. Thousands have been rescued and the rain is still falling. NBC10's Matt DeLucia is following the breaking news.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Storm Harvey Impacting Thousands]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:42:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tropical_Storm_Harvey_Impacting_Thousands_Of_People.jpg

Emergency crews are working nonstop since Harvey made landfall on Friday. Streets in the Houston area and other parts of Texas turned into rivers and neighborhoods turned into lakes. NBC10 national correspondent Sarah Dallof tells us what is going on in Texas.

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<![CDATA[Philly-Area Native Now in Houston Talks Harvey]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill_Zachry_In_Houston_Talks_About_Harvey.jpg

One of the thousands impacted by heavy rain caused by tropical storm Harvey is NBC10's Katy Zachry's brother Bill Zachry. He called in to give us a firsthand account of what is going on in the Houston area.

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<![CDATA[After the Storm: Double Rainbows, Lightning and Fiery Skies]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:33:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rainbow+and+lightning.jpg A strong line of storms brought heavy rain and high winds, but it also created a spectacular show as it moved out Friday evening.

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<![CDATA[Storms Rolling Through]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+818+FAW+5.png A string of slow-moving storms poses a threat to the entire Philadelphia region Friday with a First Alert issued from 2 to 11 p.n. NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley has details and looks ahead toward a clearer weekend.]]> <![CDATA[What Are the Models Saying About Harvey? ]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Euro-Wins-Again-Part-4.jpg What are the weather models saying about Harvey? NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz has the details. ]]> <![CDATA[Storms Bring Heavy Rain, Lightning to Parts of Region ]]> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:43:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/011016+rain+weather+generic.jpg

Another line of storms moved through our region Saturday leading to heavy rain, isolated flooding and possibly two house fires in Berks County.

Firefighters battled two separate house fires in Lower Heidelberg Township, Berks County. The owner of one of the homes told NBC10 a lightning strike caused the fire. No injuries were reported in either fire.

Isolated flooding was also reported in parts of Kent County, Delaware.

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We’ll see dry conditions and plenty of sun Sunday while temperatures remain in the low to mid 80s. During the work week ahead, conditions will remain mostly dry. Chances of rain are low but possible Monday night into Tuesday. Then, sunshine takes over the region through Thursday.

Track the storms and get the latest weather updates from the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team.



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<![CDATA[Storms Bring Heavy Rain and Flooding Fears to Region]]> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:31:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Blackwood+Rain_24634296.jpg

A First Alert was in effect for the entire viewing area Monday due to a slow moving system that brought heavy rain and flooding to parts of the region.

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A Flash Flood Watch, Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Warning and Flood Warning were all in effect for counties throughout the area during the day.

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Heavy rain led to flooding in Wildwood, New Jersey. However, the flooding throughout our area was not as severe as it was last week.

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Conditions will clear Tuesday and Wednesday will be sunny. Rain will return Friday heading into the weekend.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team to track the storms and for the latest weather alerts.

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<![CDATA[Rain Leads to Major Flooding in South Jersey ]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:44:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Burlington+Flooding+7_24596844.jpg Heavy rain led to major flooding in parts of South Jersey Thursday night. Burlington City and Burlington Township along Route 130 were hit the hardest. Check out these photos of the flooding.

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<![CDATA[Flood Waters Trap Drivers, Damage Homes in South Jersey]]> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Flooding+Burlington+_24596679.jpg

Thursday's rain led to a mess in parts of Burlington County, New Jersey leaving drivers stranded and homes damaged by flood waters.  

A Flood Warning is in effect for Burlington County, New Jersey until 1:15 a.m. Friday. SkyForce10 was over Burlington Township and Burlington City, New Jersey Thursday evening where the most severe flooding took place along Route 130.

"All this was flooded," said Jacqueline Newman of Burlington City. "A dolphin can swim in this stuff. There was so much water. It was ridiculous how much water was out here and I've been coming over here all my life since a little girl. I've never seen nothing like this."

Several cars were stuck in heavy flood waters. Gas stations, businesses and homes in Burlington were also flooded.

"A few other cars stopped in back of me and I panicked," said Sheenah Jackson, a Burlington City resident.

Officials say the heavy rain in Burlington was due to a severe storm cell. The Emergency Operations Center opened as police, firefighters, EMS, emergency management and other officials responded to numerous calls for assistance in the city and township.

"A friend of mine lifted my daughter out of the car because that's how intense it was," said Glenda Fox Carpenter. "I just told her to stay in the car and when I got here I had to take my shoes off. Water was up to my knees."

The incidents included stranded motorists inside vehicles that were trapped in flood waters, downed trees and wires, activated fire alarms and flooded basements.

"We checked our basement and we were taking in six inches of rain," said Thomas Swan of Burlington City. "We're still flooded, waiting for the fire department."

Fortunately no deaths or serious injuries were reported.

Officials in Burlington are currently monitoring the tide schedule of the Delaware River. The next high tide is scheduled for 1 a.m. Friday.

"While this weather event is over, the flooding threat still exists with this upcoming high tide," a Burlington City official wrote. "Evacuation plans are being reviewed and coordination efforts are ready in the event evacuations are necessary."

No evacuations of residents in Burlington City and Burlington Township have taken place so far.

Burlington residents are asked to immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency and 609-386-3300 for any non-emergency.

Motorists who see flooded roads are advised to turn around and not attempt to drive in the water. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

A Flood Advisory was also in effect for Berks, Burlington, Camden, Hunterdon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties until 10:45 p.m. Thursday's storms also caused flight delays at Philadelphia International Airport.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also in effect for Lehigh and Northampton counties until 9:15 p.m.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest weather updates.


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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Cause Fires, Flooding, Damage Throughout Area]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:59:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Airport-Lightning-Strike.jpg

Severe storms caused flooding, damage and at least two fires in the region Wednesday.

The storms rolled in early afternoon bringing heavy rain, flooding and lightning. Firefighters responded to a fire at a home on the 200 block of Cobblestone Lane in Lower Nazareth Township around 3:30 p.m. Officials say the fire was caused by a lightning strike. Firefighters were able to bring it under control in about 30 minutes. No one was injured. The home sustained roof damage.

Lightning also caused a fire on wires in Evesham Township, New Jersey. Route 70 was closed in both directions from the Route 73 overpass to Locust Avenue as a result. It later reopened.

Flooding was also reported in several areas, including I-95 in Philadelphia and Union Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware.

Several warnings and advisories for flooding and severe thunderstorms remain in effect throughout the region. CLICK HERE to view them all.

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<![CDATA[Flash Flooding Hits Parts of Region]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:10:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/COMCAST+NW-+STORM+CLOUDS+-+18511821_24563884.jpg

Flash flooding occurred in parts of the region Tuesday night. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect until 10:15 p.m. for northwestern Camden County, west central Burlington County and east central Philadelphia County.

Rain fell in the Wissinoming, Holmesburg and Tacony sections of Philadelphia as well as Palmyra, Pennsauken, Cinnaminson, Riverton and Moorestown-Lenola in New Jersey. Flash flooding also occurred in Palmyra. More storms are expected this week.

Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team throughout the week for the latest on the rain and weather alerts.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain Brings Flooding to Jersey Shore]]> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 21:30:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/9d204794862d4f96a7bf787dd97831f3.jpg

Heavy rain, as expected, left flooding conditions along shore points early Saturday.

NBC10’s Ted Greenberg found flooding at Ventnor and Washington avenues in Margate, New Jersey before daybreak Saturday after an evening of heavy downpours. Streets flooded along the Jersey Shore including intersections in Avalon, North Wildwood, Sea Isle City, Strathmere and other towns before daybreak Saturday.

The standing water began to recede in Margate Saturday morning, leaving some cars abandoned on drying out roads.

The heavy rain hit as far west and north as Philadelphia and the immediate suburbs. But, this was a true case of neighborhood weather as no measurable rain fell in Allentown in the Lehigh Valley Saturday.

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Plenty of rain, however fell, at shore points – more than 5.8 inches at Atlantic City International Airport, more than 5 inches in Wildwood Crest, nearly 5 inches in Cape May and more than 2.5 inches in Millville, New Jersey.

Less than half an inch of rain fell in Philadelphia and Wilmington. But nearly 4 inches fell near Reading, Pennsylvania and more than 5 inches fell near Milford, Delaware.

By 7 a.m., rain had stopped in some neighbors that had heavy downpours overnight as drier air pushed the system out to sea. The shore could see spotty showers through the day.

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The weather Sunday should be less humid and nice with highs in the lower 80s, NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Krystal Klei says.

If you see flooding in your area please share your photos and video and be careful not to drive through standing water.



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<![CDATA[Flooding a Concern at the Shore]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:57:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Flooding_a_Concern_at_the_Shore.jpg

Friday night at the shore started off fine, but then the heavy rain moved in and there's a flooding concern to deal with as a large area of rain moves in. NBC10's Drew Smith reports.

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<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Prepares for Storms]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:43:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The_Jersey_Shore_Prepares_for_Storms.jpg

NBC10's Ted Greenberg looks into what the Jersey Shore is doing to prepare for upcoming bad weather that oculd bring flooding.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Rain & Flooding Friday & Saturday]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:37:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain-stock-breaking-148110839.jpg A First Alert has been issued for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs, Delaware and South Jersey from 3 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday for heavy rain and possible flooding.]]> <![CDATA[Storm Science: What Is a Shelf Cloud?]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:23:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/REFEED%21%21+KLEI+WEB+WX+7-25-2017+-+15095628_24477555.jpg

They may look ominous, but shelf clouds aren't the worst parts of a thunderstorm. NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Krystal Klei explains how they form.

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Bring Flooding and Heavy Rain to Region ]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:29:46 -0400 Severe storms slammed our area again Monday night bringing heavy rain, flooding, power outages and damage across the region. Several Flood Advisories, Costal Flood Advisories and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect. Track them all HERE.

Also track the storms with our LIVE RADAR HERE.

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Severe storms slammed our area again Monday night bringing heavy rain, flooding, power outages and damage across the region. Several Flood Advisories, Costal Flood Advisories and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect. Track them all HERE.

Also track the storms with our LIVE RADAR HERE.

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<![CDATA[Intense Waterspout Strands Boaters, Spurs Rescue on NJ River]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:47:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NJ+Canoe+Rescue+thumb.jpg A waterspout that formed over the Delaware Bay in New Jersey stranded three people canoeing Sunday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Storms Strike Region With Flooding, Waterspout]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:36:50 -0400 clicking here.]]> clicking here.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Water-Sprout-Photo.jpg Another round of storms hit the area Sunday into Monday bringing heavy rain, flooding, wind and a waterspout to parts of the area. Check out our viewer photos. ]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storms Move Through Region ]]> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 00:15:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storms-Lead-Photo.jpg Severe storms moved through our region Saturday bringing heavy rain, lightning, downed trees and strong winds. Check out photos of the storm from our viewers.

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<![CDATA[Temps Are Rising, Find Your Local Cooling Shelter]]> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-525397795+%281%29.jpg

Temperatures have been rising and the Philadelphia area is in one of its many heat waves of the season as temps feel like triple digits Thursday and Friday.

It's important to abide by extreme heat tips during this time. One of the main tips is to be in a cool area.

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and City of Philadelphia launched its Heatline for people needing help: 215-765-9040. You can always check with your local community center to see if there are any public places to cool off. Remember, libraries, indoor malls and movie theaters are a great way to get out of the heat.

Here are some cooling shelters in your neighborhood.

Berks County

  • Berks Encore Reading Center -- 40 N 9th St, Reading, PA 19601
  • Casa de la Amistad -- 501 Washington St, 2nd Floor, Reading, PA 19601
  • Family First Resource Center -- 416 S 7th St, Reading, PA 19602
  • The Center at Spring Street -- 200 Spring St, Boyertown, PA 19512

Bucks County

  • Ben Wilson Senior Center -- 580 Delmont Ave., Warminster, PA 18974
  • Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center -- 301 Wood Street, Bristol, PA 19007
  • Bristol Township Senior Center -- 2501 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007
  • Pennridge Senior Center -- 146 E. Main St., Silverdale, PA 18944

Camden County

  • Charles “Poppy” Sharp Community Center -- 713-715 Broadway
  • Cramer Hill Community Center -- 1035 Reeves Avenue
  • Isabel Miller Community Center -- 8th Street and Carl Miller Boulevard
  • Malandra Hall Community Center -- New Jersey and Merrimac Roads
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center -- 1151 Haddon Avenue
  • North Camden Community Center -- 6th Street and Erie Street

Delaware County

  • Chester Senior Center -- 721 Hayes Street, Chester, PA 19013
  • Upper Darby Senior Center -- 326 Watkins Avenue, Upper Darby, PA 19082
  • Wayne Senior Center -- 108 Station Road, Wayne, PA 19087
Lehigh County
  • Lehigh County Senior Center -- 1633 Elm St. in Allentown

Mercer County: Libraries

  • Ewing -- 61 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ 08628
  • Hickory Corner -- 138 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520
  • Hightstown -- 114 Franklin Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520
  • Hollowbrook -- 320 Hollowbrook Drive, Trenton, NJ 08638
  • Hopewell -- 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
  • Lawrence -- 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  • Robbinsville -- 42 Allentown-Robbinsville Road, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
  • Twin Rivers  -- 276 Abbington Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520
  • West Windsor -- 333 North Post Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

Montgomery County: "Code Red” Hot Weather Health Warning

  • Libraries
  • Malls
  • Most Senior Adult Actrivity Centers (SAACs) are air conditioned

Philadelphia

  • Andorra Branch -- 705 E Cathedral Rd.
  • Blanche Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch -- 5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy
  • Bushrod Branch -- 6304 Castor Ave.
  • Bustleton Branch -- 10199 Bustleton Ave.
  • Cecil B Moore Branch -- 2320 Cicil B Moore Ave.
  • Central Library -- 1901 Vine St.
  • Charles Santore Branch -- 932 S 7th St.
  • Chestnut Hill Branch -- 8711 Germantown Ave.
  • David Cohen Ogontz Branch -- 6017 Ogontz Ave.
  • Falls of Schuylkill Branch -- 3501 Midvale Ave.
  • Feltonville Recreation Center
  • Fishtown (Lederer) Recreation Center -- E. Montgomery & Girard
  • Fox Chase Branch -- 501 Rhawn St.
  • Frankford Branch -- 4634 Frankford Ave.
  • Fumo Family Branch -- 2437 S Broad St.
  • Greater Olney Branch -- 5501 N 5th St.
  • Haddington Branch -- 446 N 65th St.
  • Haverford Branch -- 5543 Haverford Ave.
  • Holmesburg Branch -- 7810 Frankford Ave.
  • Independence Branch -- 18 S 7th St.
  • Joseph Coleman Northwest Regional Library -- 68 W Chelten Ave.
  • Katharine Drexel Branch -- 11099 Knights Road
  • Kensington Branch -- 104 W Daughin St.
  • Kingessing Branch -- 1201 S 51st St.
  • Lawncrest Branch -- 6098 Rising Sun Ave.
  • Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped -- 919 Walnut St.
  • Lilllian Marrero Branch -- 601 W Lehigh Ave.
  • Logan Branch -- 1333 Wagner Ave.
  • Lovett Branch -- 6945 Germantown Ave.
  • Lucien Blackwell West Phila Regional Library -- 125 S 52nd St.
  • McPherson Square Branch -- 601 E Indiana Ave.
  • Nicetown/Tioga Branch -- 3720 N Broad St.
  • Northeast Regional Library -- 2228 Cottman Ave.
  • Oak Lane Branch -- 6614 N 12th St.
  • Philadelphia City Institute -- 1905 Locust St.
  • Queen Memorial Library -- 1201 S 23rd St.
  • Ramonita De Rodriguez Branch -- 600 W Girard Ave.
  • Richmond Branch -- 2987 Almond St.
  • Roxborough Branch -- 6245 Ridge Ave.
  • South Philadelphia Branch -- 1700 S Broad St.
  • Tacony Branch -- 6742 Torresdale Ave.
  • Tacony Library and Arts Building - 6918 Torresdale Ave.
  • Thomas Donatucci Branch -- 1935 Shunk St.
  • Torresdale Branch -- 3079 Holme Ave.
  • Wadsworth Branch -- 1500 Wadsworth Ave.
  • Walnut Street West Branch -- 201 S 40th St.
  • Welsh Road Branch -- 9233 Roosevelt Blvd
  • West Oak Lane Branch -- 200 Washington Lane
  • Whitman Branch -- 200 Snyder Ave.
  • Widener Branch -- 2808 W Lehigh Ave.
  • Wright Recreation Center -- 3320-50 Haverford Ave.
  • Wynnefield Branch -- 5325 Overbrook Ave.
New Castle County, Delaware
  • Garfield Park Recreation Center -- 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle
  • Garfield Park Library -- 26 Karlyn Drive, New Castle
  • Hockessin Recreation Center -- 7259 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin
  • Appoquinimink Library -- 651 North Broad St., Middletown
  • Bear Library -- 101 Governor's Place, Bear 19071
  • Claymont Library -- 400 Lenape Way, Claymont 19703
  • Elsmere Library -- 30 Spruce Ave., Wilmington 19805
  • Kirkwood Library -- 6000 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington 
  • Woodlawn Library -- 2020 West Ninth St., Wilmington 19805
Sussex County
  • County Admin Building -- 2 The Circle, Georgetown, DE
  • South Coastal Library -- 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach DE
  • Milton Library -- 121 Union Street



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Heat Through Weekend]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:45:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+hot+sun.jpg

The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for dangerous heat and poor air quality through the weekend.

The First Alert is in effect for the entire region. Hot and humid conditions will peak Friday afternoon with feels-like readings of 97 to 103 degrees in most neighborhoods, making this the longest and most oppressive heat wave of the year.

People should be aware of the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and not do any strenuous activity outside. Remember to give special care to pets, the elderly and anyone with health problems during this heat wave with shade and fresh water. Everyone should find ways to cool off in air conditioning whenever possible.


The City of Philadelphia implemented its Heat Health Emergency plan through 11 p.m. Friday. People can call 215-765-9040 or click here for tips on staying cool.

The air outside is also a concern as the National Weather Service issued Air Quality Alerts for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware neighborhoods.

Afternoon high temperatures will not be as high this weekend, but will still reach into the 90s for many neighborhoods with storms possible, especially Saturday night.



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<![CDATA[Longest Heat Wave of the Summer Ahead]]> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Hot+Sun_19898880.jpg

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<![CDATA[Keep Your Cool This Summer: Safety Tips for the Heat]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:32:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17186795988820.jpg

With temperatures in some parts of the country soaring as high as 120 degrees this summer, combating the heat is no easy task. Last year, 94 people suffered from heat related deaths, more than double the number from 2015, according to data from the National Weather Service.

Here are tips from the National Weather Service you can use to help keep cool and stay safe during this summer.


Track the Heat
If you’ve been outside for long enough it can be hard to tell how hot is too hot to be outdoors. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have created a mobile app that calculates the heat risk index of any given location.

What to Know About Fans
During times of extreme heat risk, limit the time you spend outside as much as possible. If you can’t get access to air conditioning, fans can help. But try not to point the fan directly at you because the dry air can make you become dehydrated faster, according to the National Weather Service.

Reapply Sunscreen
If you must go outside, stay in the shade and apply sunscreen at least every two hours. Reapply immediately after swimming. 

Warmer Water Is Better Than Icy
Make sure to drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty. Excessive sweating will cause you to lose fluids at a rapid pace. Although ice water may feel refreshing, opt for room temperature fluids. When water is especially cold your body will exert more energy trying to adjust to the temperature.

Watch Out for Seatbelts
The inside of a car can be one of the most deadly places during a heat wave. Before you buckle up, check the metal on the seatbelt to avoid burns. Never leave a child or animal unattended in a vehicle even if you have the window rolled down. To ensure your children don’t accidentally trap themselves inside, keep the doors and trunk locked at all times.

Know The Signs
It can be easy to confuse heat stroke and heat exhaustion, so knowing what to look for is crucial. Heat stroke is more serious and common symptoms include a throbbing headache, no sweating, red, hot, or dry skin, nausea and vomiting. If you or someone around you exhibits any combination of these signs, call 911 immediately.


Check out more hot weather resources here



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<![CDATA[How to Identify Heat Stroke]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:53:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417_1-149557390684400001.jpg

With summer here, it's important to know the dangers of high temperatures. Heat stroke can be dangerous. Here are some ways you can identify heat stroke and what you should do when you see some of its symptoms.

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<![CDATA[Summer Sizzler: Dangerous Heat and High Humidity]]> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:42:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Henley+Dangerous+Heat+1.png The NBC10 First Alert Team is tracking dangerous heat. We’re expecting our 4th heat wave of the year as temps feel like triple digits Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Hot, Humid and Stormy Summer Week]]> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:20:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/062717+lightning+generic.jpg It’s a double threat over the next several days: High heat and high humidity will help to fire off stormy weather across the region. Severe storms are possible particularly on Tuesday, and again Thursday.

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<![CDATA[From Storm Clouds to Rainbows ]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 13:33:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Medford-Rainbow-Lead.jpg Severe storms moved into our area Saturday bringing heavy rain, lightning, wind and even hail to parts of the region. After the storms passed, rainbows could be seen in the sky. Check out our viewer photos of the storm.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert: Severe Storms Move Through Region ]]> Sun, 02 Jul 2017 00:33:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LV+PLANES+FLIP+OVER+11PM+VO+-+00000000_24183762.jpg

Powerful storms moved through the region Saturday bringing strong winds, lightning and even some hail to parts of the region.

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Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in effect for most of the region Saturday evening as the storms passed through. Conditions cleared later Saturday night.

The storms caused several small airplanes to flip upside down at the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown. A departure terminal at the airport was also shut down due to a leak in the roof. Strong winds also caused flying debris from the roof to shatter a window. Fortunately no one was injured.

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After the storms passed, crews worked to clean up the water damage in the main departure terminal.

"It was a really fast-moving, quick storm," Jan Marchak of Nazareth, Pennsylvania said. "I can't believe it did so much so quickly."

Among the damaged aircrafts were a Cesna 152 that overturned, a Cherokee 140 that lost its nose gear and another small plane that was struck by a downed tree. Fran Zuccarelli's flight was delayed due to all the damage.

"It was crazy because when we were in the Poconos driving down, there were parts where it was sunny," Zuccarelli said. "Parts where it was heavy rain but there was no wind."

Crews are hoping to reopen the terminal by Sunday.

The storms also caused some flooding in parts of Berks County and there were reports of trees down throughout the region. The storms also caused flight delays at Philadelphia International Airport.

After the storms moved out, rainbows were seen across the area.

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Stay with the NBC10 First Alert Weather team and download the NBC10 app for the latest weather updates and developments.

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<![CDATA[First Alert: Timing of Today's Severe Thunderstorms ]]> Sat, 01 Jul 2017 15:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/ParkwayConcert05copy.jpg

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<![CDATA[Storms Topple Trees Throughout Region ]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:22:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trees-Down-Lead-Photo.jpg Storms toppled trees throughout the Philadelphia region Wednesday. Check out these photos of the damage.

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<![CDATA[Storms Topple Trees, Leave Thousands in the Dark ]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trees-Down-Lead-Photo.jpg

Thousands were left without power and trees were downed across the area after quick-moving powerful storms ripped through the region Wednesday.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for most of the region during the late afternoon through early evening.

Several trees toppled on roads throughout the area, including Falls Bridge and MLK Drive. A man was inside a car at that location when a tree came crashing down on his vehicle. The man was not seriously hurt however. Trees were also down on roads in the Logan section of the city, Northeast Philadelphia as well Montgomery County. 

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Downed wires from strong winds also caused major damage and a fire at Joe Trombetta's home on Algon Avenue in the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia.

"It almost sounded like a freight train coming through or the house exploded," Trombetta said. "I jumped out of bed, made sure my wife was okay. She says the whole roof is off the house."

The wind ripped the wires down and sparks tore a hole through pavement.

"The fire was shooting up about 20 to 30 feet in the air," Trombetta said. "It was just a horrible experience."

The storms also caused thousands of power outages and even impacted SEPTA service. SkyForce10 was above a train that stopped between the Bryn Mawr and Haverford stations due to signaling issues caused by a tree falling on wires. Passengers were forced to walk along the tracks to get to the Bryn Mawr Station.

By midday Thursday only scattered outages remained with about 1,000 PECO customers in the dark.



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<![CDATA[Rip Current Safety Tips ]]> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:35:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Waves-generic-san-diego-091715.jpg As temperatures begin to soar and humidity increases for the holiday weekend many of us will be headed to the beaches and the First Alert Weather Team wants to make sure YOU understand the danger of rip currents.

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<![CDATA[NWS: Storm Spawned Tornadoes in Pa. & Del.]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:19:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-crop+%281%29.gif

A tornado formed in southeastern Pennsylvania Monday and an EFO tornado may have grazed Delaware, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS said Tuesday the severe storms that walloped muched of the Northeast spawned a tornado near Shartlesville in Berks County, Pennsylvania. A survey of the southern slope of Blue Mountain conducted after the storm found damage consistent with "tornadic damage," the NWS said.

"The most concentrated damage consisted of several large hardwood trees that were uprooted and snapped at a private residence off of nearby Mountain Road," the agency said. "The direction of the fallen trees exhibited a rotational pattern consistent with tornadic damage."

Several videos posted online showed what appeared to be funnel clouds near Shartlesville, about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The NWS said the videos provided additional evidence of the tornado.

Meanwhile, an initial assessment of damage near Greeenwood, Delaware, appears to signal an EFO tornado. The NWS says the tornadic damage embedded in the larger straight line wind damage near Greenwood, Delaware. The initial assessment is that the tornado was an EF0.

Surveillance video from outside a warehouse under construction in Greenwood, Delaware, showed a sudden burst of wind and rain around 6:30 p.m. Debris from the site, located along Sussex Highway and owned by the Delaware Electric Co-Op, could be seen tossed around. The warehouse's roof and several trees were damaged.

Jeremy Tucker, spokesman for the electric company, said had the storm hit an hour earlier, construction workers could have been injured by the flying debris.

Several videos also surfaced showing what appeared to be a funnel cloud near Shartlesville, Berks County. It’s unclear from the videos however whether or not it touched down.

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During the storms, tornado warnings were issued in the area immediately west of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Sussex County and the lower edge of Kent County in Delaware.



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