<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:38:28 -0400 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:38:28 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stockpiling Extra Road Salt]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008444865_1200x675_346435139512.jpg The Port of Wilmington is prepared to take in hundreds of tons of road salt to make sure a shortage doesn't occur if the winter winds up being as bad as last year.]]> <![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Severe Weather Central]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+umbrella+rain+storm.jpg

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<![CDATA[Our Area Prepares for a Snowy Winter]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:09:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008418676_1200x675_345145411685.jpg NBC10's Katy Zachry finds out how our area is preparing for the snow and cold as the winter season fast approaches.]]> <![CDATA[First Snow of the Season Falls in Pa. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:30:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snow+flurries+04.jpg

He may not be here for another two months, but old man Winter made a brief appearance in Pennsylvania Sunday.

The National Weather Service posted the following message on their Facebook page:

According to NBC10 First Alert Weather Meteorologist Michelle Grossman, the code “SNB09E20” indicates that snow flurries fell in Mount Pocono for 11 minutes Sunday morning, making it the first snowfall of the season in Pennsylvania.

As for the Philadelphia area, while we didn’t see any of the white stuff, strong winds and colder temperatures caused many to grab their jackets. Temperatures were in the mid-50’s during the day but will drop into the 30’s Sunday night into Monday morning. Philadelphia is in for a low of 38 degrees while temperatures will drop to about 32 degrees in the north and west suburbs.

If you still have your plants outside, make sure you bring them indoors. A frost advisory will be in effect for parts of Gloucester, Camden, Burlington, Cape May, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks counties from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

A freeze warning will also be in effect from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. in parts of Ocean, Cumberland, Atlantic and Burlington counties.

As for the rest of the week, we’re in for a mixture of rain and sunshine as well as typical Fall temperatures ranging from the mid-50’s to low 60’s. Yet as we were reminded for a brief moment Sunday, winter isn’t too far away.
 


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<![CDATA[Eye on the Sky for Blood Moon]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:08:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008319648_1200x675_339029059809.jpg A total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon graced the sky Wednesday morning. The next chance to see one won't be until April 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Will You Be Able to See the 'Blood Moon?"]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 07:15:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_lunar_eclipse1.jpg

Early risers and night owls will have quite the sight if they look into the sky Wednesday morning.

The second of four lunar eclipses known as “blood moons,” expected to be visible in the U.S. over a two-year span, will take place in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning, and those living in the Philadelphia region could catch a glimpse of the rare treat -- if the weather cooperates.

“The total lunar eclipse always allows the moon to take on a beautiful red color – some people describe this as ‘blood red,’” said Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. “It really depends on how deep into the shadow the moon gets for it to get that red.”

Pitts said that the reddening of the moon should begin around 5:15 a.m. and progress right through sunrise when the moon sets.

The sun rising -- which will happen at 7:04 a.m. in Philly -- combined with the moon setting could make viewing the full eclipse difficult.

"We only actually get to see the very earliest portions of the eclipse --maybe a little tiny bit of totality," said Pitts.

NBC10 Chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz also said that clouds left over from overnight rain could block the view of the eclipse in parts of the region. He said the rain should be gone by the morning rush but that clouds could remain.

While more common than solar eclipses, lunar eclipses last longer and can be viewed almost anywhere on the night side of the Earth, provided there are no clouds to block the view, according to Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. And experts say no two are ever the same -- they can range in color from brick red to copper to dark grey.

In all, four eclipses will occur this year, two lunar and two solar. NASA officials report the moon will appear 5.3 percent larger than it did during an April 15 eclipse earlier this year.

"The most unique thing about the 2014-2015 tetrad is that all of them are visible for all or parts of the USA," said NASA expert Fred Espenak. A tetrad is a series of four consecutive total eclipses that take place at six month intervals.

Pitts said that Wednesday's eclipse could last for for up to 90 minutes. Let's hope clouds don't block it from site.



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<![CDATA[Downpours During Morning Commute, Coastal Flood Advisory]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:11:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain_cars_generic.jpg

Drivers are in for a messy morning commute Thursday as heavy rain and wind hit the area.

Rain moved into the region Wednesday night with light showers turning to downpours Thursday morning in parts south and east of Philadelphia. 

The quick bursts of heavy rainfall could produce up to half an inch of rain in an hour, leading to ponding on roadways in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Trenton, Atlantic City and other surrounding areas, according to the National Weather Service.

In the Philadelphia area, the rain will be at its heaviest during the morning rush.

The storms will be strongest at the Jersey Shore, where a coastal flood advisory is in effect until 12 p.m. Thursday.  Winds could approach nearly 40 miles per hour at the Shore, where there is a high rip current risk.

Strong winds -- with gusts surpassing 20 miles per hour in the city -- will make the wet day feel even chillier.

"That northeasterly wind is making for a dreary start this morning and it will help keep temperatures much lower," said NBC10 First Alert Meteorologist Bill Henley.

High temperatures will reach the mid-60s by late afternoon.

The heaviest rain should clear out by Thursday afternoon, making way for a more pleasant weekend.

Sunshine is expected to return Friday with high temperatures in the upper-70s. The sunny weather will continue into the weekend with temperatures entering the low-80s during the first full weekend of fall. 

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<![CDATA[Hurricane Strands Local Couple in Mexico]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:31:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cabo+Frank+Trotsky+Megan+Trotsky.jpg

“It was the worst experience of their entire lives.”

A South Jersey couple’s 10th anniversary vacation to Mexico's Baja Peninsula turned from a six-day trip to paradise to a multi-day nightmare after Hurricane Odile slammed a popular resort.

The storm, which hit Cabo San Lucas late Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane, stranded Pitman, New Jersey’s Frank and Megan Trosky in their resort and away from their twin children.

Frank’s mother Pat Trosky talked to NBC10.com about her kid’s ordeal.

The vacation for Frank, 38, and Megan, 35, began with romantic sunsets -- posting photos to Facebook -- along the west coast of Mexico and appeared to be the perfect trip until disaster approached. Their resort, Capella Pedregal, told guests to stay put when Odile stormed in, according to Pat.

Pat touched base with her son Sunday afternoon.

“I said, ‘what’s going on with the Hurricane?... Are they evacuating you?’ and he said, ‘no.’ He said the entirely hotel is concrete.”

Frank told Pat that the resort only cleared out the ground floor prior to the storm.

Pat talked to her son briefly the day after the storm and she said her son told her that the damage -- from what NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said was the worst hurricane to ever hit Cabo -- appeared much worse than anticipated.

“The room above them, the roof blew off and they wound up with two inches of rain in their room,” said Pat.

The resort suffered extensive damage to the point where they posted a message to their website offering refunds to any guests set to visit in the next month.

But a decision had to made about what to do with guests stranded on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

The Troskys were supposed to fly home on Tuesday. With little cell service, scant food and water and no flights out of town, the Troskys and about 120 others boarded a bus chartered by their resort in hopes of making the 1,000-mile journey north to San Diego, California, said Pat.

Frank, an attorney, and Megan, a Philadelphia hoagie shop owner, wanted to get home to their kids, said Pat.

Megan’s mom and dad have been staying with Nola and Bryce while their parents are out of town.

“The twins don’t know that mommy and daddy are stuck,” said Pat. “They knew that mommy and daddy were supposed to come home on Tuesday and they told the twins that there were problems at the airport and their flight was going to be delayed and that they’d be back probably Friday.

Pat said the kids keep going to school and going about their delay routines but the absence of their parents is hard to ignore.

“Now the twins are asking, ‘where’s mommy and daddy?’ And (Megan’s parents) are telling them they might not be home until Monday. So they are getting upset over the whole thing.”

Their parents’ journey hasn’t been an easy one.

“As they were moving north, people on the bus when they stopped would fall asleep outside on the road because it was so hot without air conditioning when they turned the bus off,” said Pat.

Pat said that she got lucky and got a hold of her son early Friday morning at a bus stop midway up the peninsula.

“They were at a gas station in the middle of nowhere (somewhere near Guerrero Negro)… and they were able to get some sort of cellphone,” said Pat. “He told us that’s where they are and they are going to keep going forward.”

Pat said her son told her that tourists were clamoring the buy any food they could whenever the bus stopped since food and water were scarce.

“They went long periods of time with very little,” said Pat.

Poor road conditions, mudslides and washouts slowed the journey. Pat said her son told her the ideal situation would be to cross the border into San Diego to grab a flight home from there.

“He is not going to do anything else in Mexico, he wants to get on the other side of the border.”

If the Troskys had stayed put it is possible they could have made it out of Cabo since the U.S. State Department evacuated more than 500 Americans from the area Thursday into Friday. But those flights came too late for the Troskys who slowly trekked up the peninsula on that hot, crowded bus.

Pat said that she filed a form with the State Department on Tuesday and has since spoke to everyone from congressmen to Frank’s coworkers at the Gloucester County Office of the Public Defender in hopes of getting her loved ones home.

Pat said that here local representatives have been helpful but that she has received little help from the federal authorities.

“It just seems like the State Department and the (U.S.) Consulate are dropping the ball on this one in not assisting Americans in getting out of a place that has been hit so hard.”

The State Department didn’t respond Friday to NBC10’s request for comment.

NBC10 also reached out to Megan and Frank but hadn’t heard back.

The irony of it all is that the Troskys often visit Mexico but had never visited the West Coast of the country before.

“They try to go away for their anniversary every year,” said Pat. “And up until this year, they always went to Cozumel or one of the beaches on the East Coast of Mexico…I said, ‘why are you going to Cabo?’ and they said, ‘because we’ve never been there.’”

The Troskys aren't alone as there are reports of hundreds of other trapped American tourists in Mexico. If you know anyone trapped in Mexico please email us at phillywebteam@nbcuni.com.



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<![CDATA[Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy's Devastation]]> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:33:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/storm-add-P1.jpg Hurricane Sandy started out as a tropical storm in the Caribbean, reached hurricane strength and then crashed into the mid-Atlantic states as a post-tropical cyclone in 2012. Take a look back at some of the most compelling photos from before and after.

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<![CDATA[Extreme Weather Photos: Minnesota Snow]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:47:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BzDGTCdCEAALvZ8.jpg Take a look at some of the most extreme weather systems throughout the world.]]> <![CDATA[Tropical Storm Forms in Atlantic]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:00:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/091214+tropical+storm+edouard+track.jpg

Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Atlantic Ocean late Thursday and was moving to the west-northwest early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Edouard had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as it moved at about 15 mph around 1,175 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to continue moving west-northwest over the next 48 hours over the central Atlantic Ocean and some strengthening is expected.

There were no coastal warnings or watches in effect for Edouard.

Edouard is the fifth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Move Through Region]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:18:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/September-Storm-Lead.jpg

Heavy rain and lightning moved through our region Tuesday causing a severe thunderstorm warning as well as delays at Philly International Airport. The severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Camden and Burlington Counties until 8:45 p.m.and for New Castle County until 9:30 p.m.

The rain and storms first moved through parts of Central Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon before moving into our area early Tuesday evening.

The storms caused a ground stop at Philly International Airport due to gate issues. The ground stop remained in effect until 8:30 p.m. Departures at the airport were delayed for over two hours.

The storms moved into the Jersey Shore late Tuesday night but are expected to clear overnight.

Prior to the rain, it was a hot and humid day with temperatures reaching a high of 93. Temperatures are expected to cool down overnight into Wednesday as the storms move out.

“The atmosphere will dry out a lot overnight,” said NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz. “Wednesday and Thursday will feature low humidity for summer. It will be warm both days but probably not 90. The average high this time of year is 83.”

The humidity will return on Friday with a high of 91. The steamy weather will continue on Saturday as well as the threat of more rain and thunderstorms.

Stay with NBC10.com for the latest weather updates.

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<![CDATA[September Storm Photos]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:02:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/September+Storm+1.jpg Heavy rain and lightning moved through our area Tuesday. Check out photos of the storm.

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<![CDATA[Harsh Winter Turns Into Lovely Summer]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/buster5.jpg

Mother Nature has been good to the Philadelphia region this summer after a harsh, record-breaking winter.

There were numerous snow days that kept children home from school, shortened Spring Break or extended the school year in some area school districts. The School District of Philadelphia had six snow days for the 2013-2014 winter, three more than the previous winter. 

This past winter was third snowiest on record in Philadelphia with 59.5 inches of snow. PennDOT went over budget and spent $200 million on snow removal. 

All that winter nuisance has turned into a mild summer season, highlighted by numerous great shore weekends.

"We have yet to hit 100 degrees this summer. It doesn't get any better than this," said NBC10 First Alert chief  meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

The highest temperature this year was 96 degrees logged on July 2, during the first heatwave of the year. And we've only experienced two heat waves all year, according to "Hurricane."

The same jet stream pattern that let to record heat, went up and came down, said "Hurricane."

A reality check for this week -- there are showers and widespread thunderstorms expected Thursday, the temperature will cool down and humidity will stay low.

Yet, the sunshine will remain.

With just two short weeks before Labor Day, we're in the home stretch of the lovely summer season. 

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<![CDATA[Road Reopens After Tree Falls]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007841039_1200x675_317766211523.jpg The 1800 block of Bensalem Boulevard in Bucks County was blocked off due to a downed tree from heavy rain overnight.]]> <![CDATA[Heavy Rains Cause Gas Leaks In Homes]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:19:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gas+leaks+millville.JPG The heavy rain parts of our region experienced Tuesday led to serious flooding and even gas leaks. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from the hard-hit Millville, Cumberland County.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 13, Dies After Deadly Tornado]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:49:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tornado+death.jpg

A 13-year-old New Jersey boy gravely injured in a tornado that killed his parents at a Virginia campsite last month has died, NBC affiliate WAVY confirmed with officials at the hospital that had cared for him.

The hospital said Lheandrew Balatbat died Saturday. He had been in a coma since the July 23 tornado devastated the area near his family's campsite at Cherrystone Campground along the Chesapeake Bay.

The boy's parents, Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega, both 38, were killed when a tree fell on their tent as they slept. Lheandrew Balatbat's 11- and 6-year-old sisters were injured, but not critically. 

The family went camping every year and had been to that campsite in the past, friends told NBC 4 New York. 

Aerial footage from an NBC affiliate showed a swath of destruction as trees were toppled, tents and cabins crumpled and RV campers were blown on their sides when the tornado roared through. Thirty-one people were hospitalized. About 1,300 were staying at the campground.

Lord Balatbat was a manager at a Walgreens drugstore in Jersey City, and Ortega was a lab technician. 



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<![CDATA[Supermoon Lights Up the Night]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:18:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/supermoon_christie.jpg Notice the moon appearing a little lighter and brighter than usual? That's a supermoon up in the sky. NBC10 meteorologist Tedd Florendo explains this phenomenon.]]> <![CDATA[Coastal Flood Advisory for South Jersey, Del.]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:53:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dangerous-Rip-Currents.jpg

The weather may be lovely for most of the region but there’s still a severe weather threat for parts of South Jersey and Delaware Sunday night. Minor tidal flooding is anticipated and road closures are possible along the entire Jersey Shore and Delaware shoreline. 

A coastal flood advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. to midnight for Sussex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Atlantic County, Cape May County and parts of Burlington County.

According to the National Weather Service, minor tidal flooding is likely. A high tide will occur at the Raritan Bay around 8 p.m. and will work its way into the Delaware Bay over the course of a few hours. Officials say there will be flooding along roadways prone to tidal flooding during this time.

Drivers are advised to not leave their vehicles in areas prone to tidal flooding and to not drive through flood waters. 
 



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<![CDATA[RAW VIDEO: Hurricane Iselle Drenches Hawaii, Pounds Hilo]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:55:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000007804517_1200x675_316590147709.jpg The rain and wind started to drench parts of the Big Island on Friday. The tropical storm took down trees and caused store signs to blow with the torrential gusts.]]> <![CDATA[Power Outages]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:43:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007695726_1200x675_312865859568.jpg Some area residents lost power during the strong storms overnight. Here's the latest outages.]]> <![CDATA[Remembering the Deadly Limerick Twp. Tornado]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:11:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Limerick-Tornado-New.jpg

Tom Walters still remembers the chaos in Limerick Township two decades ago when a violent tornado ripped through the Montgomery County town.

“We were literally using the doors that were blown off the house for stretchers,” Walters said.

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the event that changed the town forever. On July 27, 1994, a tornado touched down in Limerick around 11:45 p.m. The twister intensified to an F3 and had peak wind speeds between 158 and 206 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

“A twister in the middle of Ridge Pike,” said Walters, who was the Limerick Fire Chief at the time. “Dancing back and forth.”

The twister caused major devastation to “the Hamlet,” a housing development that was under construction at the time. The tornado destroyed 20 of the 27 occupied homes. It also killed a family of three while injuring 25 other people. A savings bond owned by one of the victims, a 10-month-old child, was found the next day in Bath, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north, according to officials.

The tornado also tore through Limerick’s business area, causing over $5 million in property damage.

“Once you got over the shock and surprise, you had a job to do,” Walters said.

Today the devastating twister serves as a learning tool for the town. Fire officials say if a similar storm hit their town, they’re now  trained to be ready.

NBC10 aired a story on the Limerick twister last year. You can view it in the video embedded above.
 



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<![CDATA[Trees Topple, Streets Flood During Violent Storm]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:38:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Glassboro-Storm-Damage.jpg

Severe storms moved out of our area after heavy winds, flooding and hail struck the region.

High temperatures in the high 80's on Tuesday combined with high humidity to fuel Tuesday's thunderstorms.

"We're pretty primed," NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said of the ripe storm conditions. The system brought and strong winds which reached speeds as fast as 60 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire region warning of the dangerous weather potential. The Watch was canceled shortly after 8 p.m. however. Heavy rain in South Jersey, close to the shore as well as some areas north and west of Philadelphia still lingered late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning however.

Street and creek flooding occurred in parts of South Jersey and Delaware as well as Chester and Lancaster counties.

A Flood Warning is also in effect for the East Branch Brandywine Creek below Downingtown in Chester County until 8 a.m. on Wednesday. The creek is expected to rise to 7.7 feet. A Flood Advisory was also in effect for Berks, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon and West Central Northampton Counties until 1 a.m. Finally, a Flash Flood Watch continues for Delaware and South Jersey until 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

The storms hit Burlington, Mercer and Ocean Counties around 3 p.m. and moved into Delaware around 3:30 p.m. In Mercer County a lightning strike hit a power line on Whitehourse Mercerville and Klockner Roads, starting a small fire. In Glassboro, Gloucester County, strong winds toppled trees and even caused small fires.

"Never seen it that bad before in my life," said Elaine Brigandi, a longtime Glassboro resident who witnessed a tree fall in her neighbor's yard. "I could hear the crack. I saw it coming toward the house and you're kind of like in shock in a way." 

In neighboring Washington Township, crews responded to three small fires sparked by lightning.

"Some electrical damage to the homes in each particular case but no serious fires," said Washington Township Fire Chief John Hoffman.

Despite the damage, power outages in the Glassboro area were not widespread.

In Pennsylvania, storms moved into the Philadelphia area late Tuesday afternoon. The violent wind caused a tree to fall on a car on the 5900 block of Palmetto Street in the Lawncrest section of the city. In North Philadelphia, another tree fell on the 4700 block of North Mascher Street. There were also reports of downed trees on Roosevelt Boulevard between Cottman Avenue and Ryan Avenue.

No one was hurt during any of the incidents.

The storms caused power outages though they were nowhere near as widespread as they were on Monday. As of 11 p.m., PECO reported 1300 outages, with around 900 in Philadelphia. AC Electric reported 182 outages, mostly in Glassboro in Tabernacle. PSE&G has around 40 outages, mostly in Mercer and Camden Counties.

The storms cleared the area by midnight though there were some leftover showers overnight into Wednesday morning. Much drier air will move in and humidity will drop dramatically Wednesday afternoon. The nice weather will continue Thursday and Friday with unseasonably low humidity. More clouds will then move in over the weekend with the chance of more storms on Sunday.

The NBC10 First Alert Weather team is tracking the weather pattern and updated information will be posted here.



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<![CDATA[Residents Face Aftermath of Severe Storms]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/72978013.jpg While most of our region was hit with severe storms Monday night, one of the towns struck hardest was Vorhees, Camden County, NJ. NBC10's Matt DeLucia spoke with neighbors who have some cleaning up to do. He reports from Vorhees.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Still Without Power ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/263*120/fc447b95c2d6445a9a278fa53c7586ca.jpg

Severe storms with heavy rain, lightning and high winds roared through the region Monday afternoon into Monday night, causing power outages for tens of thousands of customers. By Tuesday morning crews had gotten many back online, but some remain. Here are the numbers:

PENNSYLVANIA

PECO Energy

Chester County - 217

Delaware County - 119

Montgomery County - 24

Philadelphia County - 220

Bucks County - 86

PPL

Lehigh County - 11

 DELAWARE

Delmarva Power

New Castle - 28

 NEW JERSEY

PSE&G

Burlington County - 450

Camden - 354

Gloucester - 5

Mercer - 5

Atlantic City Electric -

Atlantic - Less than 5

Burlington - Less than 5

Camden - 5

Cape May - 18

Cumberland: 10

Gloucester - 10

Ocean - 0

Salem - Less than 5

Power Company Contact Info

DO NOT call 911 to tell emergency operators that your power is out. They will be dealing with real medical emergencies. You can use the following numbers to report your loss of power.

PECO

    Emergency: 1-800-841-4141 (24 hour service)
    Customer Service: 1-800-494-4000 (Mon through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

PPL

    Emergency: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775 (24 hour service)
    Customer Service: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) (Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Atlantic City Electric

    Emergency: 1-800-833-7476
    Customer Service: 1-800-642-3780

PSEG

    Emergency: 800-436-PSEG (7734) (24 hour service)

Delmarva

    Emergency: New Castle County (DE) and Cecil and Harford Counties (MD) 1-800-898-8042
    Kent and Sussex Counties (DE) and the Eastern Shore of Maryland 1-800-898-8045

American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Contact: 215-299-4000

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<![CDATA[Delco Teen Struck by Lightning ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:22:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Blue-Rocks-Baseball-Game-Wi.jpg

A teenage boy is recovering after he was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Pa.

Officials say the teen was on the unit block of East Ashland Avenue around 8 p.m. when lightning struck him in the hand.

The teen was taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say the teen was conscious and alert.



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<![CDATA[Powerful Lightning, Storm Images]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:05:39 -0400 Violent storms, lightning and a possible tornado hit the area on Monday. Check out our viewer photos of the storm. ]]> Violent storms, lightning and a possible tornado hit the area on Monday. Check out our viewer photos of the storm. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Lead-Lightning.jpg Violent storms, lightning and a possible tornado hit the area on Monday. Check out our viewer photos of the storm.

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<![CDATA[Spectacular Supermoon Shots From Our Area]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:23:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/supermoon+aversa.jpg Stargazers throughout the world caught a glimpse of the "supermoon." A supermoon, or what astronomers call a perigee full moon, appears larger and brighter than usual. The celestial phenomenon will appear two more times this year. Look to the skies again Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.

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<![CDATA[Glenn Debunks Polar Vortex Myth]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:43:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007567432_1200x675_302292035633.jpg Don't believe the vortex hype, says NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz. ]]> <![CDATA[Polar Vortex: Don't Believe the Hype]]> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:49:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/polar-vortex2.jpg

With news of temperatures in the 40s and 50s in the Great Lakes next week, talk of a polar vortex is running rampant.

Don’t believe the hype, says NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz:

“It’s not the polar vortex,” Schwartz said. “It’s an unusually cool weather pattern that’s coming into, let’s say the Great Lakes area, and that happens even in July sometimes.

“That’s what the weather is: It varies. And so just because the weather is very cool or very hot, that doesn’t mean it’s anything unusual or freakish. Weather does change dramatically. That’s what makes it interesting.”

But the National Weather Service office in Chicago didn’t appear to get the message. This is what it tweeted Thursday with an accompanying “polar vortex” graphic:

Soon after, the main office of the National Weather Service made it clear the “polar vortex” was not at work. Its forecast discussion mentioned that "A DEEP UPPER LOW ... NOT THE POLAR VORTEX" would be swinging through the Great Lakes.

"I think people are pretty sensitive to those words," Amy Seeley, a meterologist with the National Weather Service, told the Associated Press.

She said the Chicago office quickly realized it made the wrong call.

“Some people like to write provocative headlines,” Schwartz said. “That happens in entertainment, it happens in politics, [and] it also happens in weather.”

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<![CDATA[Flooding, Fire at the Shore]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:18:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007553940_1200x675_301536323792.jpg New Jersey is dealing with both flash floods and fire damage to several houses in Galloway as a result of storms.]]> <![CDATA[Severe T-Storm Watch Canceled ]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:43:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Lightning+Bolt.JPG

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been canceled for the entire area.

Officials initially believed the system would drop severe storms over the region. They later determined that we're only in for some isolated showers and storms, though nothing severe.

The news is a relief for thousands of customers who are still without power after Tuesday's severe storm. The violent storms that pounded our region knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of households -- some of which won't get their power back on until Friday.

Thursday and Friday, we're seeing a chance of showers, but by Saturday we'll be enjoying mostly sunny skies with a high around 88.

Sadly, Sunday will bring with it more isolated thunderstorms breaking the streak for what would have been our eighth beautiful weekend in a row.

The stormy weather continues through the beginning of next week. By Wednesday, we'll be dry with partly cloudy skies.



Photo Credit: Sophia Cassidy]]>
<![CDATA[Power Won't Be Fully Restored Until Friday]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:43:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tree+down+on+house.jpg

Violent storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses and now one of the region's largest electric utilities says some people will remain in the dark until Friday.

PECO Energy tells NBC10.com that it will take crews until the end of the week to get service restored to all customers affected by the powerful Tuesday night storm.

The severe line of thunderstorms barreled through the area around 7 p.m. Tuesday bringing torrential downpours and winds whipping up to 60 miles per hour.

"We just experienced a 65 mile per hour micro burst," said Jay Kimberly, a meteorology student who lives in the Port Richmond section of the city. "It blew metal and glass tables over six-foot fences. It came straight down and blew everything out of the way. Very scary indeed."

At the height of the storm more than 250,000 customers were left without power with the highest outages occurring in Chester County. But crews were able to cut that number by more than 100,000 by early Wednesday morning.

In Radnor, Pa., dozens of trees fell, taking down power lines and crashing into fences outside homes. In Yeadon, a large pine tree snapped along Lansdowne Avenue and crashed into a car that was waiting at a stop light.

"It just felt like something hit it," said the driver, Chris Lewis of Drexel Hill. "I saw the mirror fall so I knew something hit it, but I didn't know it was like that."

Lewis was not injured during the crash, though if the tree had landed only a few more inches in his direction, he very well could have been.

"Luckily nobody was in the backseat," Lewis said. "Thank God."

The storm forced SEPTA to suspend all service or operate partial service on three regional rail lines -- the Fox Chase, Chestnut Hill East and Paoli/Thorndale. Service was restored to all but the Chestnut Hill East line by Wednesday.

Here's a complete breakdown of the latest power numbers:

PENNSYLVANIA

PECO Energy

Chester County - 5,039

Caln Twp. - 138

Charlestown Twp. - 179

Coatesville City - 112

East Bradford Twp. - 159

East Fallowfield Twp. - 713

Schylkill Twp. - 106

Tredyffrin Twp. - 147

Uwchlan Twp. - 335

West Caln Twp. - 903

West Goshen Twp. - 130

West Pikeland Twp. - 134

Westtown Twp. - 352

Willistown Twp. - 219

Delaware County - 1306

Brookhaven Boro - 145

Chester City - 170

Haverford Twp. - 124

Newtown Twp. - 147

Radnor Twp. - 285

Montgomery County - 2183

Abington - 710

Cheltenham Twp. - 120

Lower Merion Twp. - 238

Lower Moreland Twp. - 120

Perkiomen Twp. - 279

Springfield Twp. - 204

Upper Moreland Twp. - 107

Philadelphia County - 467

Bucks County - 2,747

Bensalem Twp. - 105

Bristol Twp. - 579

Falls Twp. - 645

Lower Makefield Twp. 211

Lower Southampton Twp. - 104

Middletown Twp. - 376

Upper Southampton Twp. - 156

Warwick Twp. - 190
 

PPL

Lancaster County - 554

 

DELAWARE

Delmarva Power

New Castle County - 237

Caroline - 174

 

NEW JERSEY

PSE&G

Burlington County - 109

Camden County - 350


Atlantic City Electric

Burlington County - 1105

Power Company Contact Info

DO NOT call 911 to tell emergency operators that your power is out. They will be dealing with real medical emergencies. You can use the following numbers to report your loss of power.

PECO

    Emergency: 1-800-841-4141 (24 hour service)
    Customer Service: 1-800-494-4000 (Mon through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

PPL

    Emergency: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775 (24 hour service)
    Customer Service: 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) (Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Atlantic City Electric

    Emergency: 1-800-833-7476
    Customer Service: 1-800-642-3780

PSEG

    Emergency: 800-436-PSEG (7734) (24 hour service)

Delmarva

    Emergency: New Castle County (DE) and Cecil and Harford Counties (MD) 1-800-898-8042
    Kent and Sussex Counties (DE) and the Eastern Shore of Maryland 1-800-898-8045

American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Contact: 215-299-4000



Photo Credit: Jeff Wagner]]>
<![CDATA[Storm Cleanup Continues in Delco]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:02:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007537505_1200x675_300411971679.jpg NBC10's Jesse Gary talks to a Radnor Township resident whose home was damaged by a massive tree during Tuesday night's storm.]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Left Without Power After Storms]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 17:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007502872_1200x675_296689731993.jpg Peco is working around the clock to restore power for residents all over the area.]]> <![CDATA[Strong Storms Knock Out Power]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/430AT_SOTVO_ISLA_VISTA__KNSD4271_1200x675_267298371513.jpg

Severe storms Thursday night knocked out power across the region and PECO officials tell NBC10 some may remain in the dark until Sunday.

Initially PECO reported 138,000 customers were without power in Philadelphia and Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery counties Thursday.

Crews restored power to nearly all those without service, but more than 13,000 are still waiting for the lights to turn back on a day later.

By 5p.m. Friday, PECO reported 6,007 customers without power in Chester County; 2,959 in Bucks County; 1,973 in Montgomery County; 1,915 in Delaware County; and 573 in Philadelphia.



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<![CDATA[Storms Down Trees, Kill Power for Thousands]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:32:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007495684_1200x675_296191043524.jpg A line of powerful thunderstorms swept through the Delaware Valley Thursday evening, bringing trees down and knocking out power for thousands of people. NBC10's George Spencer took a ride through several counties, and reports on the damage he found.]]> <![CDATA[Arthur's Impact at Jersey Shore]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:32:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007495696_1200x675_296191555853.jpg Warning signs are posted at beaches along the shore about rough waters.]]>