<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:35:55 -0400 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:35:55 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Afternoon Storms Move Out]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:28:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rain-stock-breaking-148110839.jpg

It's officially a heat wave but as the temps pushed into the 90s for the third straight day, the heat became less of a concern as a string of potentially strong storms packing possible lightning, heavy winds and some hail hit the Philadelphia region.

The storms dropped more than 2 inches of rain in the Reading area causing localized flooding in Berks County. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory that moved along with the storm as it hit from west to east.

The line of storms arrived in the western suburbs first Thursday afternoon and the strongest string of showers moved through Maryland and toward the southern parts of the region.

"They're heading into Delaware in New Castle and Kent County and they will continue to move in South Jersey within the next few hours," said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

The storms brought localized downpours, lightning and gusty winds.

Once the storms moved out, the humidity began to significantly drop. Friday will see temperatures in the 90s as the heat wave continues but the lower humidity will make it more bearable.

"Much less humid tomorrow," said Hurricane.

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<![CDATA[Free Ways to Cool Off Amid Stifling Heat Wave]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:53:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Staying-Cool-in-the-Heat.jpg The stifling heat hitting our region is especially hard on senior citizens. The city of Philadelphia is offering older residents some relief. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports from North Philadelphia with more on free ways people can cool off.]]> <![CDATA[How Children Can Stay Cool in Dangerous Heat]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Spray+Park+Child+Boy+Heat.JPG Children are on the list as some of the most at risk when excess heat strikes. NBC10's Brittney Shipp has more about how children are staying cool.

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<![CDATA[What is El Nino & Why Should We Care About It?]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/El-Nino-Pic-1.jpg

El Nino is a huge area of extra warm water in the Tropical Pacific. Ocean temperatures always vary, but this is a large and persistent area that can stretch from the coast of South America all the way to the Phillipines. That’s a lot of real estate and a lot of energy. It can influence weather in many parts of the world, including ours. And the one developing now could rival 1997-98 as the strongest El Nino ever recorded.

The animation below shows how the El Nino has quickly evolved into a monster. The redder the colors, the more extreme the temperature change from average (called “anomalies”). And, as you can see, it is still strengthening.

SUPER EL NINO=SUPER QUIET HURRICANE SEASON

As we head toward the beginning of August, we keep getting closer to the peak months of hurricane season. August, September, and October represent the peak, with September at the top of the list historically. Anyone with interests at the shore tends to become more focused on the tropics. But there has been only a small increase of tropical activity in the Atlantic Basin (Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and North Atlantic). A tropical disturbance in the far East Atlantic is being watched as of this writing. Here is the satellite loop: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/dml/eumet/nhem/eatl/rb.html

It doesn’t seem to make sense, but we can largely thank the Pacific Ocean for decreased activity in the Atlantic-specifically, the “Super” El Nino that is developing there.

El Nino’s biggest influence is obviously in the Pacific, especially the Tropical Pacific. This leads to tremendous amounts of thunderstorms. The strong upper-level winds from some of these storms cross into the Tropical Atlantic, creating extra “wind shear." Wind shear, or big changes of wind direction or speed as you go higher in the atmosphere, helps prevent Tropical Storms from forming, or weaken ones that have already formed. On the other hand, all that warm water in the Tropical Pacific leads to more storms, and helps make for stronger tropical systems. There are a lot of “Super-typhoons” when there’s a strong El Nino. This year is no exception.

Take a look at the tropical tracks for the Atlantic and Pacific so far this season from http://weather.unisys.com/hurricane/index.php (Unisys has had the best historical tropical tracking information since the internet’s early days).

The Atlantic has had three named storms already, but all formed close to the U.S., weren’t around long, and none became hurricanes. The “Super” El Nino effect is the lack of action in the tropics, from the Caribbean to Africa. Let’s see how much forms there as we go into the historical peak of the season.

The East Pacific (map #2) shows a lot of activity for that part of the world, with three major hurricanes already. And in the Western Pacific (map #3) they’re off to a big start. Even though this is the most active part of the world, the storms are much more frequent and stronger than usual.

OTHER FACTORS SUPPRESSING ATLANTIC HURRICANES

El Nino isn’t the only thing helping to suppress the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season. While much of the Pacific Ocean has water temperatures WAAAY above “normal," a lot of the Atlantic is colder than normal. That is especially true for what is known as the “Main Development Region (MDR)” from just east of the Caribbean straight to the African coast.

Also, the drier Africa is, the lower the chance of tropical development in the MDR. Some of the most powerful hurricanes in history have developed in the MDR. A lot of dust from the Sahara desert is a result of dry conditions over the continent. That dust helps prevent tropical formation. The graphic below shows how extensive the Sahara dust is. It also shows the blobs of thunderstorms moving east to west across Africa. Those “tropical waves” are usually much bigger than the current ones.

Finally, the lower atmospheric pressures are in the MDR, the more likely tropical storms are to form. Pressures are higher than normal. The “Bermuda HIGH” is closer to the tropics, leading to higher pressures.

SO NO ATLANTIC HURRICANES, RIGHT?

No, I’m not saying that. It just looks like an overall “quiet” season in the Atlantic. But as we say, “All it takes is ONE to make it a bad season." In 1972, a strong El Nino was underway, and there was only one hurricane that even came close to the U.S., and that one was barely strong enough to be a hurricane. But its name was Agnes, which caused so much flooding in Pennsylvania that it became the worst natural disaster in the state’s history.

IT’S ABOUT ODDS….

As you know, there are few guarantees in weather forecasting. But people still make plans based on weather forecasts. In this case, your odds of good weather for a tropical vacation this year are better than they may be next year. I checked, and many post El Nino years were very active in the Tropical Atlantic.

The good odds this year also applies to the Pope’s visit in September, the historical peak of hurricane season. Let’s hope the strong El Nino, cold ocean, Saharan dust, and higher pressures continue….
 


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<![CDATA[It's Shaping Up to Be a Heat Wave]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:46:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/HEat+Wave+July+28.JPG The hot and humid temps are back. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen has the latest on what will likely be the third heat wave of the season.

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<![CDATA[Excessive Heat Warning, Tips to Stay Safe]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:53:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/heat+generic+sept+2014_2.jpg

UPDATE: Temps hit 90 on Thursday ushering in another heat wave.


Temperatures were expected to creep into the 90s for the second straight day Wednesday as a likely be a heat wave that could last more than one week heats up.

Philadelphia planned to open its "Heatline" call center at noon as a National Weather Service Excessive Heat Warning went into effect for the city and immediate suburbs through at least Thursday night.

Through at least next Tuesday, temps could break 90 with a heat index projected to break 100 on Wednesday and Thursday, said NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

The heat, sun and humidity can cause problems for people. During heat waves, citizens are encouraged to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure they are in safe conditions in their homes as the heat and humidity intensify. In heat waves, officials said, groups most at risk include senior citizens, pregnant women, young children, people who work in high-heat environments and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

The "Heatline" number is 215-765-9040, and lines will be open from noon until midnight, city officials said. Staff will be available on the line to advise on how to avoid heat dangers and to refer anyone in need of medical attention to emergency services.

Officials urged those without air conditioning to seek relief from the heat in malls, movie theaters, senior centers or other public spaces.

In the past, the Philadelphia Health Department outlined several precautions for citizens to beat the heat, including

  • Use air conditions and fans.
  • Open windows to release trapped hot air.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Wear a head covering such as a brimmed hat or visor to protect the head and face should you need to be outdoors.
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
  • Do not leave children or pets alone in vehicles.

Early warning signs of heat stress including lethargy, loss of appetite, light-headed feeling and nausea. More serious indications of major heat stress include unconsciousness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and difficulty breathing. Anyone with these symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

Hurricane said that it's unclear when the likely heat wave will end but it's possible it could go on for some time -- past heat waves in Philadelphia have lasted up to 18 days.

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<![CDATA[Hazardous Weather Outlook]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:50:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/218*120/HEavy+Rain+South+Street+Bridge.JPG

The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for much of the region Monday due to hot and humid conditions as well as localized heavy downpours.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook included central and southern Delaware, northeast Maryland, New Jersey and northeast, east central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

While most of the area may remain dry, NBC10 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said that areas who do see downpours could receive a significant amount of rain.

Heavy rain and claps of thunder overnight woke up plenty of people around the Philadelphia region. The storms also put some people at risk for localized flooding.

The National Weather Service put a Flood Advisory in effect Monday for parts of Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties in South Jersey that expired at 6:15 a.m. An earlier advisory for Kent County in Delaware expired at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

The storms dropped more than 2 inches of rain on some areas. 

More scattered storms hit parts of the region Monday afternoon. In Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 330 customers were without power after a tree fell on wires on the 8000 block of Brookside Road around 4:45 p.m. Power was later restored to all but five of the customers about an hour later. 
 



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<![CDATA[Flying Bugs Appear as Storm on TX Weather Radar]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/bug+radar+tx.JPG

Rangers at a state park near the Texas panhandle say flying insects caused a weather radar to light up as if there was a large storm there Wednesday.

The interesting radar image came from the area near Copper Breaks State Park, west of Wichita Falls.

National Weather Service officials say people shouldn't be alarmed by the size of the blob, which spanned for several miles. It wasn't a swarm, they said, rather there were just enough bugs flying around to be seen on the radar.



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<![CDATA[Powerful Storms Strike Jersey Shore]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:44:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jersey-Shore-Storm-Photos-L.jpg

Heavy rain, lightning and a possible waterspout struck the Jersey Shore Tuesday. Check out videos and photos of the storm. 

 

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<![CDATA[Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy's Devastation]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:18:55 -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[Heat Wave... It's All Relative]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:23:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/heat+generic+sept+2014_3.jpg

Heat can be a killer -- and it has. We think of hurricanes or tornadoes as being the biggest weather threats around here, but the biggest death toll was from a heat wave. In 1993, 118 people died in Philadelphia from heat-related problems. It was even worse in Chicago a couple of years later, 1995. That heat wave killed nearly 500 people. But those numbers pale in comparison to ones overseas in recent years.

In 2003, a heat wave in Europe killed more than 70,000 people. No, that’s not a typo -- 70,000! France alone lost about 15,000. And in 2010, Russia (yes, Russia) had a heat wave that supposedly killed 55,000 people or more.

It’s very hard to count the number of heat-related deaths. If someone died in a hot row home from a heart attack, was it at least partially caused by heat? A common way to do it these days is to know the average number of people who die in a day. Then any amount above that average is assumed to be heat-related.

Heat deaths don’t generally come from just a couple of hot days. It’s the buildup of heat over a period of many days. And the nights are every bit as important. For example, if the temperature is able to drop to near 70 at night, the heat danger will be much less than if it only goes down to 80. That’s true even if the afternoon temperature and humidity are the same for both days.

The buildup of heat is easier in a brick house with no air conditioning. Those brick row houses in Philadelphia are more like ovens in an extreme heat wave. Lack of air conditioning was a big factor in those high Europe & Russia heat disasters.

IS IT THE HEAT OR THE HUMIDITY?

The old saying: “It’s not the heat-it’s the humidity” is generally true. Of course, there isn’t a threat unless we start with high temperatures. But if you have ever been to a place like Las Vegas or Phoenix, even a 110 degree temperature day doesn’t feel as bad as some days here. The best way to compare heat dangers is with the HEAT INDEX, which combines temperature and humidity.

People sometime ask me for the formula to calculate the heat index. Well, my answer is the same as I give them for “wind chill”: “You don’t really want to know”. Here’s why:

Still want to know it? Instead, we have nice, colorful tables where you can look up the temperature on one column and the humidity in the other. Here is what those numbers mean regarding the actual danger:

80—91 °F -- Caution: fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and activity. Continuing activity could result in heat cramps.

90—105 °F -- Extreme caution: heat cramps and heat exhaustion are possible. Continuing activity could result in heat stroke.

105—130 °F -- Danger: heat cramps and heat exhaustion are likely; heat stroke is probable with continued activity

Over 130 °F -- Extreme danger: heat stroke is imminent

The heat index this week has reached up to 105 in Philadelphia and nearly 110 in Dover. While those are high numbers, they are far from the ones we experienced 5 years ago in 2010. The temperature reached 103 and the heat index got to 119 degrees. In Philadelphia. Here’s a chart, courtesy of meteorologist Jim Eberwine, showing the temperature and heat index for July 20-25th. How high can the Heat Index get? Appleton, Wisconsin once had a HI of 148 degrees! Worldwide, the highest I could find was 176 degrees in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia! Not so dry in that desert.


 


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<![CDATA[Ways to Escape the Oppressive Heat]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011232325_1200x675_487532099737.jpg Monday's temperature mixed with the humidity and air quality makes going outside dangerous for those most at risk. NBC10's Katy Zachry says the city's pools expect record attendance today, and may even have to turn some people away.]]> <![CDATA[Ways to Beat the Heat]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:48:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-swimming-03.jpg Summer is just beginning, but it seems like the "dog days" are already here. The temperature is on the wrong side of 95 and the scorching heat is putting a ding in your plans. But no worries, there are plenty of other activities that you can do to escape the heat.

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<![CDATA[Dealing With Dangerous Heat]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:59:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Hot+Runner+Art+Museum.JPG Early-morning runners were met with unusual heat for that time of day Monday as an Excessive Heat Warning remained in effect.

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<![CDATA[Severe Weather]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:53:15 -0400 ]]> <![CDATA[Officials Offer Tips on Staying Safe in Dangerous Heat]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:43:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

A City of Philadelphia "Heatline" call center opened at noon as a National Weather Service excessive heat warning went into effect for the region.

The "Heatline" number is 215-765-9040, and lines will be open from noon until midnight, city officials said. Staff will be available on the line to advise on how to avoid heat dangers and to refer anyone in need of medical attention to emergency services. The line will also be open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Heat in the mid-90s with sun and high humidity will feel like 102 to 107 in many areas.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner James Buehler has issued a warning for the city beginning at noon, activating the city's summer heat programs, including the Heatline, home visits by field teams and enhanced homeless outreach.

The city Health Department is encouraging citizens to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure they are in safe conditions in their homes as the heat and humidity intensify. In heat waves, officials said, groups most at risk include senior citizens, pregnant women, young children, people who work in high-heat environments and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Officials urged those without air conditioning to seek relief from the heat in malls, movie theaters, senior centers or other public spaces.

The Health Department outlined several precautions for citizens to beat the heat, including:
 

  • Use air conditions and fans.
  • Open windows to release trapped hot air.
  • Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids.
  • Wear a head covering such as a brimmed hat or visor to protect the head and face should you need to be outdoors.
  • Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.
  • Do not leave children or pets alone in vehicles.


Early warning signs of heat stress including lethargy, loss of appetite, light-headed feeling and nausea. More serious indications of major heat stress include unconsciousness, confusion, rapid heartbeat, throbbing headache, dry skin, chest pain, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and difficulty breathing. Anyone with these symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.



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<![CDATA[Excessive Heat Warning for Region]]> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:36:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Heat_Generic_Sun_Generic.jpg

An excessive heat warning will be in effect for parts of the area Sunday afternoon into Monday night. 

The warning will be in effect for the following counties from 12 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday:
  • New Castle County
  • Mercer County
  • Gloucester County
  • Camden County 
  • Northwestern Burlington County 
  • Delaware County
  • Philadelphia 
  • Eastern Chester County
  • Eastern Montgomery County
  • Lower Bucks County 
An excessive heat warning means a combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. You should drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on elderly people. Young children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles under any circumstances. 
Temperatures will be in the mid-90’s Sunday and Monday while the heat index will be 100 to 105 degrees Sunday and around 100 degrees Monday.
Due to the excessive heat, the PCA Heatline will be activated from noon to midnight Sunday and from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. You can call the Heatline at 215-765-9040. 



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<![CDATA[Weekend Forecast: Get Ready for a Heat Wave]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:18:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/heat+wave+90.jpg

The weekend will feature huge jumps in both temperature and humidity. We’ve certainly seen hotter days in the past than I’m predicting for this weekend — but maybe not this summer.

I’m predicting 96 for the high Sunday in Philadelphia, and with the high humidity, a heat index of about 103. The highest temperature this summer has been 95, and the hottest this month was only 91.

Where to Find Relief

The beaches will be the best place to find relief from the heat, especially at the Jersey Shore Saturday. The sea breeze should kick in before noon, limiting the temperature rise. The ocean temperature is still above average, so the cooling won’t be as dramatic as it would be in June.

On Sunday, more of a west wind should prevent the sea breeze from coming in until afternoon, allowing the beaches to heat up. In Delaware, even the beaches should get to 90+ Sunday.

Thunderstorm Relief? And Complications?

Thunderstorms often accompany hot and humid days, and Saturday could be no exception. In fact, any clouds and showers could limit the temperature, perhaps keeping it shy of 90 degrees. But drier air will move in at higher levels of the atmosphere Sunday, and most, if not all of the day should be rain-free.

The Forecast

SATURDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Partly to mostly cloudy. Chance of T’storms. High 91. Heat index 95. Chance of rain 30% at any one spot.
     
  • NJ Shore: Partly sunny. High near 80. Ocean temperature: 73. Chance of rain 20% at any one spot. Wind S 10-20 mph
     
  • Del. Beaches: Partly sunny. High 84. Chance of rain 20% at any one spot. Wind S 10-20 mph.
     
  • The Poconos: Partly to mostly cloudy. Some T’storms likely. High 82. Chance of rain 60% at any one spot.

SUNDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Mostly sunny, very hot and humid. High 96. Heat index up to 103. Chance of rain 10% at any one spot.
     
  • NJ Shore: Mostly sunny, warm, and humid. High 86. Heat index 92. Chance of rain 10% at any one spot. Wind SW 5-10 mph
     
  • Del. Beaches: Mostly sunny, hot and humid. High 92. Heat index 100. Chance of rain 10% at any one spot. Wind SW 5-10 mph.
     
  • The Poconos: Mostly sunny and very warm. High 87. Chance of rain 10% at any one spot.



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<![CDATA[Pounding Rain Causes Flooding Down the Shore]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:50:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011174452_1200x675_484906563817.jpg Torrential downpours hit the Jersey Shore hard on Wednesday resulting in flooding. NBC10's Ted Greenberg reports drivers on Long Beach Island's main roads made their own waves.]]> <![CDATA[First Alert Weather: Heavy Rain Pounds Region]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:55:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474744678.jpg

The region awoke Wednesday to heavy rainfall in many areas and localized flooding in some parts.

Some of the heaviest rain pushed through eastern Pennsylvania and moved into South Jersey and Delaware. Berks County and eastern Lancaster County this morning saw nearly four inches of rain, while the Pottstown area saw about 2.5 inches, and many other areas saw more than 2 inches.

Flash flood warnings along the Jersey Shore, and flood advisories for much of the area, including the city, Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties, and much of South Jersey, expired Wednesday afternoon as the storm moved out.

PECO reported Wednesday morning that the weather knocked out power to about 2,000 of its customers, but officials said the outages were scattered, not in one particular area.

NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn " Hurricane" Schwartz said to expect a beautiful Thursday and nice Friday before the heat and humidity take hold again this weekend with a heat wave possible.

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<![CDATA[Flooding on NJ Roads]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:14:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/Deptford+Wet+Road+Generic+Rain+Generic+Flood.JPG

Folks in South Jersey and Pennsylvania used caution Tuesday as roads flooded as heavy rain and thunderstorms pounded parts of the area.

The National Weather Service issued Flash Flood Warning through the early afternoon for parts of South Jersey as nearly 5 inches of rain fell in some of Salem County prompting flooding fears.

The heavy downpours weren't exclusive to South Jersey as people along the Main Line and in parts of Bucks County also experienced rain midday Tuesday. The weather service issued a Flood Advisory through 7:30 p.m. for central Bucks County. They had earlier issued a Flood Advisory for other parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The weather service also reported at least 1 foot of of water on Route 73 where it meets the Atlantic City Expressway in Atlantic County.

If you are out driving in the rain DO NOT drive through standing water.

The wet weather also caused some departure and arrival delays at Philadelphia Airport so if you are headed to the airport for a flight or to pick someone up, check your flight status first.

More showers, some heavy, will move through the region overnight. There will be a flood threat Wednesday as the heavy rain continues and there could be localized flooding in the morning and afternoon. The rain should then end by the evening commute. 

Stick with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for more details on the wet weather.



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<![CDATA[Cleanup Underway After Storm Destroys School]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:20:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011111570_1200x675_481989187881.jpg Debris is scattered and the roof was torn off Blue Mountain Adventist Elementary School in Hamburg, Berks County.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Weather Damages Pennsylvania Elementary School]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:17:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Blue+Mountain+Berks+County+Funnel+Cloud.JPG Reports of a funnel cloud in Berks County could explain the damage caused to Blue Mountain Adventist Elementary School. The storm caused the roof to collapse and tore the building to pieces.]]> <![CDATA[Tornado Confirmed After Delaware Storm Damage Surveyed]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:28:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/232*120/New+Castle+County+Storm+Damage.JPG

A tornado caused damage to mobile home and industrial parks in New Castle County, Delaware, federal forecasters confirmed Friday.

People in the areas of the New Castle Mobile Home Park and the Delaware River Industrial Park on Dock View Drive reported seeing a funnel cloud around 7:45 p.m., said the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management. The cloud hovered about 25 to 30 feet off the ground.

The funnel eventually touched down near New Castle Avenue, the National Weather Service said. The EF-0 twister produced winds of 65 mph.

The tornado and surrounding storm caused a roof to collapse on an apartment building, snapped utility poles, brought down wires and left about 3,700 of customers without power. An electrical transformer also crashed into a mobile home and two walls collapsed at the industrial park, said the county OEM. Delmarva Power knocked power outages down to less than 1,000 by Friday morning.

No major injuries were reported.

The county set up a shelter at William Penn High School at 713 E. Basin Road in New Castle for any residents forced from their homes.

This wasn't the only tornado that touched down Thursday. A Berks County, Pennsylvania elementary school was destroyed after a confirmed tornado blew through.



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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Roll Through]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 05:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1e231068-a588-4a02-89d8-4b58ee1a2223.jpg

Severe storms -- with severe winds and heavy rain moved through the region Thursday evening and into the night.

A tornado warning was in effect for parts of Burlington County for a time as the most severe weather tore through New Jersey.

There were multiple reports of water rescues in the region as heavy downpours moved through. Crews in Montgomery County responded to reports of vehicles in water near King of Prussia Mall and another along City Avenue and Haverford Avenue.

Emergency Crews in Delaware County were also responding to reports of vehicles stuck in flood waters.

Damage was reported to buildings from New Castle County, Delaware to Berks County, Pennsylvania where there were reports of a funnel cloud and possible tornado damage.

All thunderstorm warnings and flood warnings expired by midnight as drier air moved in.

The rain clears overnight and the humidity will drop Friday. Friday will be sunny, less humid and comfortable with highs in the mid-80’s. The weekend will also be sunny with highs near 90 degrees. The thunderstorms will then return to the region Monday.



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<![CDATA[Volunteers Help Clean Up Storm Damage in Lehigh County]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:47:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011002362_1200x675_474442819709.jpg Tuesday's storm caused widespread damage across our area, including Copley in Lehigh County. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal reports teenage volunteers helped clean up the mess of fallen trees.]]> <![CDATA[Tornado Touched Down in Chester County]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm-Lead-Photo-Joe-Paw-1.jpg

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Chester County Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 

The NWS confirms the tornado touched down near Honey Brook at 2:11 p.m. with an estimated maximum wind speed of 95 mph, a maximum path width of 100 yards and a maximum path length of 1.5 miles. 

Investigators focused on Chester County as well as Berks and Lancaster counties Wednesday, a day after a storm brought funnel clouds, rain and heavy winds to the region. 

The National Weather Service also visited Lehigh County to determine whether a tornado touched down there as well. They later determined a microburst, not a tornado, touched down near Whitehall Township Tuesday. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Killed by Falling Tree While Walking to Car ]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:03:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Tree-Fall-Student-College-0701.jpg

A 21-year-old community college student and a beloved sister to two siblings died at a hospital where she was a student intern after she was crushed by the trunk of a tree that split in half following heavy rain Wednesday, authorities and relatives say.

Michelle Mian was hit by the Norway maple tree while walking to her car outside her home in New Milford sometime before 7:30 a.m., according to police and relatives. Authorities say family members saw the tree lying over four vehicles when they woke up, and Mian's 23-year-old sister, Tabish Mian, said she found her younger sister on the ground outside when she went to check on the cars.

"I just woke up in the morning and came to the car and saw that her body was there on the ground," Tabish Mian said. "And then I saw she wasn't breathing either, and then we called the ambulance immediately."

Mian was pronounced dead shortly after arriving in the emergency room at Holy Name Medical Center, where she had been an intern in the radiology department for the last year. In a statement, the hospital described Mian as an exceptional student from the beginning of her clinical training, saying those who worked with her in the facility were blessed to have known her.

She was heading to a morning class at Bergen Community College, where she was studying radiography, when she died. The youngest of three children, Mian was an electric, warm woman who will be deeply missed, her family says.

"She was the most amazing person in the entire world and my better half, really," Tabish Mian said. "If you met her, you would have known how beautiful, artistic, talented -- she's the kindest person you'll ever meet. ... It's not fair that she's not here with us right now. It's really not."

"When you lose someone as precious and amazing as Michelle, then you hurt like this," the older sister added. "I'm never going to be OK with this. I never will be."

Police say it's not clear what caused the tree to split in half, but Wednesday morning's heavy rains may have played a role.

The severe storms blasted the region with rain and heavy winds early Wednesday, causing flash flooding in some places.



Photo Credit: Amy Newman / The Bergen Record]]>
<![CDATA[Weather Service Tries to Determine If Twister Hit Area]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:30:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Honeybrok+Cloud+Severe+Thunderstorm.JPG

UPDATE: Investigators determined an EF-1 twister touched down near Honey Brook Tuesday.


A day after people spotted possible funnel clouds over far western suburbs of the Philadelphia region, National Weather Service investigators headed to those areas to determine if a tornado touched down.

The investigators will focus Wednesday on the area where Berks, Chester and Lancaster counties come together – specifically focusing on the area where the three counties come together, said NWS-Mount Holly meteorologist Gary Szatkowski.

People in places like Morgantown, Berks County and Honey Brook, Chester County reported seeing funnel clouds and there is storm damage. NWS and emergency management representatives will specifically be examining the area of Talbotville Road and Givens Drive near Struble Lake in Honey Brook Wednesday morning, said Chester County emergency management.

The investigators will determine if a funnel cloud actually made contact with the ground.

As temperatures pushed into the 80s Tuesday afternoon, funnel clouds hovered over parts of the region leaving hail, flash flooding and wind damage.

No word yet on when exactly the investigators will determine if a twister touched down.



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<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Funnel Cloud Formations]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:15:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm-Lead-Photo-Joe-Paw-.jpg The Tuesday afternoon storms brought with it some severe winds and funnel cloud formations. See some of the best NBC10 viewer-sent photos.]]> <![CDATA[Downed Trees in Coplay]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:05:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Downed-Trees-Coplay.jpg NBC10's Mitch Blacher is in Coplay, Lehigh County with the latest on storm damage and downed trees.]]> <![CDATA[Funnel Cloud Over Chester County Neighborhood]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:32:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010984829_1200x675_473734723590.jpg An NBC10 viewer took this video over a neighborhood in Honeybrook, Chester County Tuesday afternoon. There appears to be a funnel cloud very low to the ground. A tornado warning was in effect in the area until 3:15 p.m.]]> <![CDATA[Severe Storms Bring Funnel Clouds, Leave Hail, Flooding]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:05:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm-Lead-Photo-Joe-Paw-1.jpg

UPDATE: Investigators headed to the line where Chester, Berks and Lehigh counties come together Wednesday to determine if a tornado touched down.


As temperatures pushed into the 80s Tuesday afternoon, funnel clouds hovered over parts of the Philadelphia region as the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in areas north and west of the city and thunderstorm watches for much of the region as storms left hail and flooding.

The National Weather Service issued earlier tornado warnings for parts of Berks, Chester, Delaware Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties that expired but not before reports of possible funnel clouds in the areas of West Chester, Trexlertown, Morgantown, Parkesburg and other areas in Pennsylvania and also reports of large hail -- more than 1 inch in diameter -- in Chester, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Whitehall Township in Lehigh County also declared a state of emergency due to storm damage that included at least one roof falling down.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch covered Philadelphia and all points north and west in Pennsylvania as well as northern Delaware and western South Jersey through 8 p.m. Severe storm warnings ended at 4:30 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also issued for Philadelphia until 9:15 p.m. after heavy rain, wind and hail once again struck the area. 

There was also flash flooding in Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. Flooding already submerged cars at SEPTA's Prospect Park Station in Delaware County and there were reports of flooding in Coplay, Lehigh County.

Thousands of customers lost power in the area with PPL Electric at one point reporting nearly 11,000 outages in Lehigh and Northampton counties and First Energy reporting more than 4,000 outages in Northampton County alone.

The weather also caused delays of more than 30 minutes at Philadelphia International Airport so check flight status before your flight.

The storm also forced Wawa Welcome America organizers to cancel a screening of Annie planned for Dilworth Park Tuesday night.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in areas north and west until 3 a.m. Showers and thunderstorms will move through the region overnight and some showers are possible Wednesday morning before conditions dry out. Another thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening is possible however. 

If you are under a severe weather warning take cover as quickly as possible, ideally in a basement or interior of a building.

Stick with the NBC10 App and the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team for the latest on the potential nasty weather.



Photo Credit: Joe Paw
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<![CDATA[Local Supermarkets Have Special Offer for Storm Victims]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:16:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ACME_Market_Generic_Supermarket.jpg

Attention Acme shoppers, you still have one more day to take advantage of a special offer.

Acme markets in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are lending a hand to customers devastated by Tuesday’s severe storms that cut power to hundreds of thousands by offering a 5 percent discount to affected customers. Acme hopes the discount helps folks replenish food items lost in the dark.

“Our region was greatly affected by the recent storm and many communities are just regaining power,” said Acme president Dan Croce. “We want to help our customers recover as quickly as possible from this storm. This is just our way of taking care of the community we’ve been a part of for the last 124 years.”

With many power lines knocked down, many of those affected had to dispose of their refrigerated and frozen food items.

Click here to print out the five percent coupon. For costumers still in the dark or without access to a smart device, Acme customer service representatives are offering in-store assistance. The special offer began on June 26 and continues through Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Delco Asks for Emergency Declaration]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:00:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Upland+Delco+Trees+Done+Storm+Damage.jpg

One week after severe storms left thousands without power and damaged numerous homes and businesses, Delaware County officials spoke Monday about the recovery efforts and their attempts to get money from the state and FEMA.

Delaware County Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr. said the council asked Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency so that they could access money set aside for municipalities hit the hardest. Some residents also didn't have power for days after the storm as crews scrambled to fix downed and damaged wires.

The money -- about $2 million -- would then be sent down to specific areas like Chester and Upland where millions of dollars of damage occurred, said Civera.

No word yet on if Wolf will make the declaration.



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<![CDATA[Insurance Questions Rise as Storm Victims Try to Clean Up]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010955601_1200x675_472687171869.jpg Saturday night's storms only added insult to injury for thousands of people in South Jersey still without power six days after severe storms moved through. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal spoke with storm victims in one of the most hard-hit areas in Gloucester County.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor in Town Hard-Hit by Outages Wants Action]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:49:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/East+Greenwich+Gloucester+County+Storm+Damage.jpg

“It’s time Governor Christie paid attention to New Jersey’s west coast.”

That's the message of a Gloucester County mayor of a town still struggling to recover from Tuesday's heavy storms hoped to get out at a news conference Sunday.

Greenwich Township Mayor George W. Shivery, Jr. was joined by members of town council and residents who remained without power after six days to demand that Gov. Chris Christie help the township and surrounding communities get the power back. Among those appearing with the mayor were emergency responders, police and firefighters who worked around the clock to help residents.

"I can't thank each and everyone of them enough," said Shivery. "We are Gibbstown strong."

Nearly 280,000 utility customers were without power during the height of the storms, and roughly 9,000 customers still had no service as of late Sunday night, mainly in Gloucester and Camden counties.

Atlantic City Electric admitted that a soggy Saturday slowed restoration efforts in the Greenwich area. Hundreds of customers in Gibbstown, Paulsboro and nearby towns remained in the dark early Sunday evening -- in total nearly 8,000 customers in the county were without power.

Despite the call by the Republican mayor for Christie to act, the governor already seemed to have a timetable in place.

“Based on ACE's commitment this afternoon, we expect outages to be down to 1 percent or fewer of the affected customers by tomorrow morning, and for full restoration shortly thereafter," said Christie. “While significant progress has been made in restoring power to many businesses, households, and critical infrastructure in South Jersey after last week’s storm, there are still too many families who are dealing with outages. I thank these families for their patience and resilience during this period.”

Part of the AC Electric plan included calling in 155 more personnel to tackle outages on Saturday but due to the rain and wind another 16,000 homes wound up with the power out. About 1,600 total workers attacked the downed wires and trees Sunday.

"We share our customers’ frustration that additional poor weather has prevented us from getting power back on as quickly as we had expected for those final customers," said Atlantic City Electric regional vice president Susan Coan. "We are working as quickly and safely as possible, and we won’t slow that pace until service is restored to the last customer.”

Christie's office said that the state will decide to ask for federal aide once all assessments of damage are done.



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<![CDATA[Soggy Saturday Leaves Flooding]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:57:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010950694_1200x675_472477251924.jpg NBC10's Drew Smith is in Hammonton, New Jersey, an area hard hit by heavy rain Saturday.]]> <![CDATA[Tree Falling on Car in Storm Caught on Cam]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:05:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010949733_1200x675_472447043724.jpg Screams of shock rang out as a tree fell on a car during Tuesday's storm in Northeast Philadelphia, and it was all caught on camera. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal found out there's still a lot of damage in the area.]]> <![CDATA[Tree Topples Onto Homes, Power Lines]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:03:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Malcolm+Street+Tree+Down.JPG A tree came down on two homes along Malcolm Street in Southwest Philadelphia, bringing down power lines as well.

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<![CDATA[Flooding as Storm Pounds Area]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:54:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hammonton+Flooding.jpg

As heavy rain and potentially strong storms hit the Philadelphia region Saturday, the National Weather Service issued flood watches for large portions of the area. By Saturday night, street flooding already closed some roads in South Jersey.

Flooding remained a concern during a soggy Saturday as New Castle County, Delaware and much of southeastern Pennsylvania remained under a Flood Watch until 5 a.m. Sunday. NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Michelle Grossman said 1 to 3 inches of rain fell with up to 4 inches possible in some areas already hit hard this week.

With plenty of rain and strong winds throughout the night, the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team issued a First Alert for the rest of Saturday.

"Thunderstorms are possible too with gusty winds mainly south of the city in South Jersey and Delaware," said Michelle.

A Flash Flood Warning put residents in parts of Atlantic, Camden and Gloucester counties in New Jersey and a small section of Kent County, Delaware on alert until midnight.

There was also a Coastal Flood Advisory along the Delaware River and Delaware Bay until 3 a.m. Sunday. An earlier Tornado Watch for Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware expired at 8 p.m.

Police closed Packard Street and Bellevue Avenue in Hammonton, New Jersey; Cowell Lane near Conshohocken State Road in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; and Route 40 in Buena, New Jersey due to flooding Saturday night. It also closed the Kelly Drive in Philadelphia.

"The heavy rain will taper to showers overnight. Sunday will certainly win out as the better of the two weekend days. Partly sunny and breezy Sunday afternoon. Highs in the low 80s."

Stick with NBC10 and NBC10.com for the latest weather information as the day goes on.



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<![CDATA[Thousands Without Power After Storms]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/power+line+house.jpg

About 9,000 customers remained without power Sunday night after violent storms ripped through the area on Tuesday, leaving behind widespread damage. A second set of storms on Saturday added thousands of outages.

As of Sunday evening, the lights were still out for people across the Philadelphia region. Some of the hardest hit areas -- including Gloucester County in New Jersey -- continued to see the highest outage numbers.

Atlantic City Electric had the highest numbers of customers without power, with about 8,000 in the dark throughout South Jersey -- about 6,000 in Gloucester County alone -- late Sunday night.

PECO restored many of its customers' power throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania by Friday as expected, but more than 800 were suffering outages -- most in Philly -- Sunday night.

As of Sunday night, only about 60 PSE&G customers in South Jersey had no power. And, down in Delaware, Delmarva reported a handful of customers without power in New Castle County.
 

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<![CDATA[Rain Causes Flooding, Mudslide in Montco]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/USEWestConshyMUDSLIDE.jpeg

Overnight rain in the Philadelphia suburbs led to road flooding and closures, and more rain is expected to fall on Saturday.

NBC10's Jesse Gary was in West Conshohocken Saturday morning, where a portion of Route 23 between Bullock Avenue and Swedeland Road was barricaded after flooding. The water began to recede early Saturday morning, and some cars were passing through the barricades, but an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain expected to hit the area Saturday afternoon or early evening will likely flood the road again.

On Balligomingo Road near Portland Road, the rainfall caused a mudslide into the roadway.



Photo Credit: NBC10/Jesse Gary]]>