<![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 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:27:13 -0400 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:27:13 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Weather Service Tries to Determine If Twister Hit Area]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:11:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/197*120/Honeybrok+Cloud+Severe+Thunderstorm.JPG

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[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[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.



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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[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[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.



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<![CDATA[Half & Half Weekend? Flood Watch for Saturday]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:33:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NYC+rain1.jpg

Like last week, a large area of low pressure will travel from near St. Louis and track near or just north of Philadelphia. This one doesn’t have tropical moisture, but there’s more than enough to produce heavy rain for at least part of our weekend. Here are the computer model maps for both Saturday and Sunday afternoon:


Watch the "L." It’s near Pittsburgh Saturday and then moving into southeast New York Sunday. That track — north of Philadelphia — would lead to a much lower rain chance for the second half of the weekend. It would also allow warmer air to move in Sunday, and even some sunshine.

A track south of Philadelphia would lead to some rain Sunday morning and cooler weather too. But the trend has clearly been for the northern track — good news for Sunday!

There are some problems for Saturday, though. There WILL be rain moving in, and it certainly looks like the heaviest will be late in the day and at night.

Computer models suggest 1-3 inches of rain, plus possible thunderstorms. Once the rain starts, there will be many hours of it. This is not just a few showers. The best chance of dry weather Saturday is in the morning. The earlier the better for your outdoor activities.

THE FORECAST

SATURDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Cloudy and cool. Rain developing — becoming heavy late in the day and at night. High 72. Chance of rain 40% in the morning…near 100% by night
     
  • Jersey Shore: Clouding up. Rain develops in afternoon. Heavy at night. High 68. Chance of rain 20% in the morning….near 100% by night. Atlantic City ocean temp: 71
     
  • Delaware Beaches: Clouding up. Rain develops in afternoon. Heavy at night. High 72. Chance of rain 40% in the morning…near 100% by night.
     
  • Poconos: Rain, becoming heavy at times. Local flooding possible. Rainy at night, too. Chilly, with High 58. Chance of rain near 100%

SUNDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Clouds and sun. Warmer. High 78. Chance of rain 15%
     
  • Jersey Shore: Sun and clouds. Warmer. High 78. Chance of rain 10%
     
  • Delaware Beaches: Sun and clouds. Warmer. High 83. Chance of rain 10%
     
  • Poconos: Mostly cloudy. Chance of a shower. Not as chilly. High 67. Chance of rain 40%


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<![CDATA[Christie and Lawmakers Clash Over Storm Repairs]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:14:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010940192_1200x675_472080451764.jpg New Jersey lawmakers want government funds to help repair the damage from Tuesday's storms, but as NBC10's Cydney Long reports, Governor Chris Christie is not on the same page.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Work Tirelessly to Restore Power, Repair Damage in NJ, Pa.]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:52:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010927458_1200x675_471562819538.jpg The race is on to get the power restored for thousands in our area. Crews are working around the clock to clear downed lines after Tuesday night's severe storms. NBC10's George Spencer has been checking out the progress in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.]]> <![CDATA[Weather Preparedness: How to Be One Step Ahead of the Storm]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:17:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010925330_1200x675_471507523927.jpg When severe weather strikes as it did this week, it helps to be prepared. NBC10's Brittney Shipp has a playbook to help you get ready.]]> <![CDATA[Days After Storm, Town Still Like War Zone]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:54:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/power+line+house+2.jpg

It is days after a violent storm pummeled the region, but crews have not addressed the devastating damage in some Delaware County neighborhoods. Power lines are still down, roadways are still impassable, and some residents have even evacuated the area.

Allyson Loretz, resident of Aston, said cleanup of the extensive damage has not yet begun in her neighborhood.

From the entrance of Route 452 on Mount Road to the intersection of Mount and Convent Road is still without power. Roadways are impassable due to fallen trees and scattered debris. Without any road closed signs, locals have been trying to direct traffic and help cars maneuver around debris.

Loretz surveyed the area this morning and spoke to neighborhoods who are upset with the lack of action to rectify the situation. Some are concerned with the lack of responsiveness from law enforcement.

“PECO told us that we should have our power restored by 3 p.m. tomorrow, but I don’t believe them,” Loretz said. “There were eight posts delivered to our road today, but not one tree limb has been moved and every broken post has remained where it fell."

One residence on the block has been using a generator, but the rest are struggling without electricity, according to Loretz. Some elderly members of the community have even evacuated until repairs are made.

Luckily, the storm did not cause structural damage to the homes on Mount Road, Loretz said. Houses that were hit by fallen trees and tumultuous winds sustained minor external damage, such as broken gutters and detached shingles and siding. 

Loretz, along with neighbors, hope that damage will be controlled and power will be restored, sooner rather than later.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday's Storm Photos: See the Crazy Lightning and Cloud Formations]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/d19e71e6f031490ea2a1c0c726d12cef.jpg Tuesday night's storm brought with it some extraordinary photo opportunities. See some of the crazy cloud formations and lightning strikes that viewers caught on camera!

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<![CDATA[The Damage is Done: Violent Storm Aftermath]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:50:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/f17b598db77840da90c1115d9eedc6b1.jpg The down power lines and fallen tree trunks are just the beginning to how much damage the devastating storm caused in Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. ]]> <![CDATA[Gorgeous Transition of Colors in Post-Storm Evening Sky]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:24:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/36995ba418504238b18f5c442fc906c8.jpg Tuesday night's storm brought lots of damage- but afterwards, Philadelphians flocked to social media to record beautiful pictures of the evening sky as the sun set. You could see any shade of pink, red, orange, and yellow depending on your angle and exact timing.]]> <![CDATA[What Caused the Beautiful Sunset After the Storm?]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:48:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/36995ba418504238b18f5c442fc906c8.jpg

What caused the beautiful sunset over the area following severe storms that rolled through? NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said it could be hail.

NBC10 was flooded with amazing photos of pink, orange and even yellow sunset skies over Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware following a line of strong storms Tuesday evening.

NBC10 Chief Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz said the striking orange sky that followed the storm was created by the way the setting sun reflected off the heavy clouds as the storm moved out.

“The clouds are so dark, and they may have hail in them,” Schwartz said. “The sun reflects off the hailstones.”

Schwartz said the timing was key for the stunning skies. “At 2 in the afternoon, we wouldn’t have seen that,” he said.

You can always submit photos to NBC10 through the NBC10 App or right here.
 

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<![CDATA[Car Flipped, Walls Damaged at Deptford Mall After Violent Storm]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:50:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Deptford+Mall+Storm+Damage+Ground.jpg

A car was flipped and pieces of the Deptford Mall's exterior were ripped off as a violent storm, described by witnesses as a tornado, sprinted across South Jersey Tuesday night.

"It was going a circular motion and it was coming straight towards us and that's when everything started happening," witness Blake Clemmer said.

A blue coupe was left on its windshield in the parking lot outside Macy's. Shoppers tell NBC10 they were ushered into the department store's basement to ride out the storm. There were no reports of injuries.

"It sounded like a freight train was coming down the road and lights flickered a few times and then just darkness," Max Baumle, another witness, said.

Debris broke the windows of several other vehicles parked outside the mall located along Clements Bridge Road in Deptford, New Jersey.

The mall suffered significant damage as well. Sheet metal wall panels near a mall entrance were left crumpled on the ground outside. Yellow fiberglass insulation panels dotted the parking lot and were left stuck under cars.

On the mall's roof, solar panels were peeled back like a band-aid.

Deptford Mall officials said the mall will be open for normal business hours Wednesday.

A Friendly's restaurant down the road from the mall had part of its roof pulled off.

The National Weather Service will decide Wednesday whether to travel to Deptford to investigate whether a tornado caused the damage. Winds were clocked at more than 70 mph at the height of the storm.



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<![CDATA[Destruction, Outages Remain in Wake of Storm]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:57:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Chester+Heights+Tree+on+House+Storm.PNG

The Philadelphia region was recovering Wednesday after a line of severe storms Tuesday evening pummeled the area.

Widespread power outages affecting hundreds of thousands of people, and transit suspensions and delays were reported throughout the area Wednesday.

The thunderstorms tore through the area early Tuesday evening, blowing near-hurricane force winds, knocking down countless trees, flipping vehicles, injuring several people and cutting power to about 468,000 customers initially.

The storms moved in around 4:30 p.m. and quickly left a path of destruction in their wake. Two Tornado Warnings were issued for parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as driving winds brought rain down in sheets.

Trees -- large and small, old and young -- bowed to the storm's fury. So many trees came down on roads in Chester Heights, Pennsylvania that the town was essentially cut off to the outside world.

"We've been isolated," said Chester Heights Fire Chief Rob Hazlett. "All the roads into our town have basically isolated from additional help."

Firefighters used chain saws to make their way through one home to free a man trapped after a tree sent him, and the second floor of his home, to the ground. The man, his wife and an injured firefighter were all taken to a nearby hospital.

A bombardment of lightning traveled between the clouds and earth as the front swept across the area. In one 15 minute period, more than 900 lightning strikes were recorded by the NBC10 First Alert Weather computer system. One of the strikes landed yards from Tina Stitz as she looked on at the storm in Edgemont, Pa.

Some residents reported seeing clouds rotating. Scott from Delran, New Jersey was outside with his daughter Hannah when the sky started spinning above Huntington Drive around 6:30 p.m. He quickly darted into the house and down the basement for safety.

Reports from witnesses showed trees on the Schuylkill Expressway near King of Prussia, a large limb on top of an Audi along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia and a flipped tractor-trailer along Interstate 95 near Philadelphia International Airport. The airport, which put a 75 minute ground stop in place, clocked winds at 71 mph during the height of the storm around 6 p.m. The strongest gust was recorded in Medford, New Jersey at 75 mph. Category 1 hurricanes pack sustained 74 mph winds.

In Deptford, New Jersey, several NBC10 viewers shared photos of a car flipped over, shattered windows and exterior damage at the Deptford Mall. Shoppers said it was a tornado that caused the damage, but the National Weather Service has not made a confirmation.

Further north in Maple Shade, Mike Smith looked on as a large tree was blown right out of the ground along his street. He sent in video through the NBC10 app.

PATCO officials said the high-speed rail line won't be operating Wednesday morning because of power problems. The last time the line was out of service came in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

The falling trees and strong winds brought down power lines in many of the Philadelphia suburbs. Jeremy Dubs was driving along Sharon Avenue near Chester Pike in Collingdale when a live wire dropped in front of his car.

Gloucester County officials declared a state of emergency as they survey the damage left behind by the storm.

Download the NBC10 app to track any storms that develop in your neighborhood with Live, Interactive radar.



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<![CDATA[The First Heat Wave of Summer?]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:57:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

The summer season officially began at 12:38 Father's Day afternoon. And, the weather certainly felt like summer Sunday as we experienced what likely will be the first day in the first heat wave of summer.

After the remnants of Bill moved over the Atlantic and the clouds cleared, temperatures warmed to 91 in Philadelphia -- thankfully a westerly breeze made things more comfortable.

More 90s lie ahead. Get ready for another hot day Monday -- although we won’t be as humid as Sunday -- as temps to out in the low 90s once again.

Tuesday will be the day to watch as temperatures soar to the mid-90s in Philadelphia. Add in the high humidity and it will feel more like 100 degrees.

With three straight days of highs in the 90s, the heat up will become a heat wave but it likely won't last long.

A cold front arrives later Tuesday bringing the potential for gusty thunderstorms before more comfortable air arrives Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Weather TForces Evacuation of Firefly Grounds]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 14:25:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Firefly+Lightning+Evacatuation.JPG

Seek shelter.

That’s what the organizers of the Firefly Music Festival told concertgoers Saturday night as severe weather threatened the Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.

Organizers cleared the festival grounds just before 10 p.m. as headliners Kings of Leon were set to take the main stage sending festivalgoers a message about "storms heading our way."

The cancellation occurred as the remnants of Bill threatened the festival grounds where many concertgoers camp out in tents. Organizers urged people to take down any tents and canopies at their campsites and refer to festival weather FAQs as a Severe Thunderstorm Warning hit the area.

Early Sunday, Firefly announced they were canceling late-night performances, including Steve Aoki. All Sunday shows would go on as scheduled starting after noon, said organizers.

On the Firefly Festival Twitter handle, it said that Aoki (Sunday @ 230 PM) and The Chainsmokers (Sunday @ 11 PM) were the only acts canceled Saturday night who were able to reschedule for Sunday.
 

 



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<![CDATA[Will 'Bill' Wash Out Your Father's Day Plans?]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:43:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/san+diego+thunderstorm+rain+generic.jpg

Will your Father’s Day plans go off without a hitch or will what remains of a tropical storm dampen your day?

The remnants of Bill moved into the Philadelphia region late Saturday night bringing heavy rain a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that led to the evacuation of the Firefly Music Festival grounds in Dover, Delaware. Tropical-like downpours will produce 1 to 3 inches of rain. Be cautious as stream and creek flooding is possible.

As the storm arrived, the National Weather Service issued Severe Thunderstorm Watches until early Sunday for parts of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem counties in New Jersey; and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware. And they issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the southern part of Delaware including where Firefly is held.

The widespread heavy rain, including thunderstorms, will last through Sunday morning.

"The biggest concern will be localized flooding due to a lot of rain in a relatively short amount of time. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the entire region... through Sunday evening," said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Michelle Grossman.

Models differ if points to the north or south of Philly will see the heaviest rain -- totals could drastically differ just miles apart.

“Most of the heavy rain will be gone by the time people wake up and have their (Father’s Day) plans,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Sheena Parveen. “... The biggest concern will be while people are sleeping.”

"Skies will begin to clear early Sunday morning and we may see the sun in spots later for any Father’s Day plans," said Michelle.

Expect more scattered showers and possible thunderstorms throughout the day Sunday with hot and humid conditions with temperatures into the upper 80s.

People sleeping at the Firefly Festival in Dover were asked to take down campsites as seek shelter in their cars.



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<![CDATA[Storms Move Offshore]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:46:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Generic+Rain+Generic+Umbrella+Generic+Rainy.jpg

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for parts of Atlantic and Cape May counties was canceled after storms moved offshore.

The NBC10 Weather Team issued a First Alert Weather Day for Tuesday afternoon due to the possibility of some quick severe scattered storms. Heavy rain and wind hit parts of Atlantic and Cape May counties, causing trees to fall in Estell Manor and Ventnor.

The storms moved out late Tuesday afternoon.

Quick bursts of rain also fell in the region mid-afternoon as temps pushed into the high-80s.

As scattered showers taper off, drier air should push in giving the region a break from the humidity.

“Tomorrow will be a very comfortable day… with low humidity,” said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz.

Expect the possibility of more rain on Thursday before a break from rain on Friday. The weekend could bring more drenching rain as the remnants of Bill could come this way.



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<![CDATA[Heavy Flooding in Bethlehem Township, PA]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:56:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010795020_1200x675_465111619541.jpg Storms brought heavy rain and flooding to Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania Monday night.]]> <![CDATA[No Heat Wave in Philly Yet]]> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:31:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

UPDATE: We didn't quite get there Saturday. Temperatures hit a high of 88 so no heat wave yet.


Will it be a heat wave?

With the Philadelphia region in for another hot and humid day Saturday, the first heat wave of the season could be declared.

For a heat wave to occur, the high temperature in Philadelphia must hit 90 or higher for three consecutive days. After temps hit 92 Thursday and a record-tying 95 on Friday, the first two 90-plus days are in the books, but will the third happen?

"We are on track for a heat wave with a forecast high of 91 Saturday," , said First Alert Weather meteorologist Brittney Shipp. "It’s very close to the threshold but it will not be as humid Saturday with drier air moving in from the northwest."

Heat wave or not, Saturday will still be hot and that can hit people hard.

"You should still drink plenty of water since these temperatures are well above average for this time of year and our bodies are not used to it yet," said Shipp.



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<![CDATA[City Bracing Itself for Heat Wave]]> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:04:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010767187_1200x675_463683651908.jpg As the city gears up for the third straight day of 90-plus degree weather, rowers are in Fairmount Park gearing up for the Schuylkill Navy Regatta.]]> <![CDATA[Storm Flips Trailers, Rips Roof Off Crayola Warehouse]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 23:48:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm+Flips+trailers+Bethlehem.PNG

A pop-up thunderstorm delivered a huge punch to parts of the Lehigh Valley Friday evening with winds tossing truck trailers, splitting trees and tearing part of the roof from a warehouse.

The storm developed around 6 p.m. and left a path of damage through an industrial park along the 2400 block of Brodhead Road.

At least a half dozen trailers lined up outside warehouses for Crayola and Osram Sylvania were tossed onto their sides or thrown out of their parking spaces like toys.

A tree was left splintered in the parking lot and a strip of the roof at the Crayola warehouse was peeled back like a piece of tape exposing the building inside.

A witness described the storm as a tornado, but NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz says straight line winds were the culprit. Wind gusts of 57 mph were clocked at nearby Lehigh Valley International Airport around 5:25 p.m.

Trees fell in several neighborhoods in Bethlehem, South Whitehall and Spring Township. An area of Jackson Boulevard in Spring Twp. near Stanford had large trees on top of cars and next to houses.

There were no reports of injuries.



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<![CDATA[Hot Temperatures Bring Crowds to Shore]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:51:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/cooler+at+the+beach.PNG Temperatures on the Jersey coast were in the mid-70s, and that kept the boadwalks busy. NBC10's Ted Greenberg is live in Atlantic City.]]> <![CDATA[Heat Brings the Crowds to Water Parks]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:48:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/kid+water+park+heat+hot+spray+park+generic.PNG Hot weather left plenty of people in our area searching for ways to cool off. NBC10's Cydney Long is at Sahara Sam's Water Park in Camden County with more.

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<![CDATA[High Temperatures Close Local Schools]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:43:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/heat+school+kids.PNG High temperatures forced some local schools to close early Friday. NBC10's Jesse Gary has tips on how to stay cool on hot summer days.

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<![CDATA[Glenn's Forecast: So What About the Weekend?]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Sun+Generic+Sunset+Generic+Hot+Generic+Heat+Wave.JPG

The Southwest wind will shift to the Northwest on Saturday. That will bring in air that is a bit cooler and less humid. So the Heat Index, that reached around 100 degrees Friday, will only be around 90.

It’s still hot for June, but not nearly as sweltering.

The Jersey Shore, however, will be warmer on Saturday. The Northwest wind will be a land breeze, at least during the morning. Temperatures should get into the 80s before the cooling sea breeze in the afternoon drops it into the 70s. The Delaware beaches will also get into the 80s-at least. The beaches closest to Delaware Bay will be cooler.

On Sunday, all beaches should get a cooling ocean wind, keeping temperatures in the 70s. There is a chance of some showers developing in southern parts of our area. The most significant change will be in the Poconos, where the next round of moisture will hit first. Showers and thunderstorms could move in there Sunday afternoon.

THE FORECAST

SATURDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Mostly sunny. Not as hot or humid. High 91.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 20%
     
  • Jersey Shore: Mostly sunny. Warmer. High 84. Afternoon sea breeze.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 20%
     
  • Delaware Beaches: Mostly sunny, hot, and humid. High 88. Chance of late t’storm.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 30%
     
  • Poconos: Mostly sunny & less humid. High 78
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 5%

SUNDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Partly sunny. Not as hot. High 85.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 20%
     
  • Jersey Shore: Partly sunny with a cool ocean breeze. High 74.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 20%
     
  • Delaware Beaches: Mostly cloudy. Cooler. High 76. Chance of showers/T’storms.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 40%
     
  • Poconos: Partly sunny. Chance of PM t’storm. High 75.
    Chance of rain at any one spot: 30%


You can watch Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz every weekday on NBC10 at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Follow him on Twitter @HurricaneNBC and stay informed when weather changes on the NBC10 app and with the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team on Facebook: NBC10 Weather.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Hot and Humid Start to Your Weekend]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 05:22:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010754554_1200x675_462846531894.jpg If you thought Thursday was hot, well that heat wave has just begun. NBC10 First Alert meteorologist Bill Henley says temperatures will feel like 100 degrees for your Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Heat Advisory for Friday]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:35:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Made-in-America-Water-Man-Cool.jpg

A heat advisory issued for the parts of the area remained in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

The advisory, declared by the National Weather Service included Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Wilmington and several adjacent counties including Delaware, Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, Gloucester, Mercer, Camden, and New Castle.

Temperatures could climb to the record high of 95 degrees, NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz said. Humidity will continue to build through the day and push the heat index — how warm it actually feels — toward the century mark.

The high heat and humidity combo can prove dangerous for anyone doing prolonged work outdoors and those with breathing issues. Philadelphia health officials are reminding citizens to drink plenty of water and not overexert themselves Friday.

The National Weather Service also issued an air quality alert level orange for parts of Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.

A code orange air quality alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups such as the elderly and children.

People are reminded to open their windows if they do not have air conditioning as homes can quickly become like ovens in the heat.

Health officials also remind drivers not to leave the most susceptible populations — the elderly, children and pets — in cars in the excessive heat.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 First Alert Weather: Sunny & Warm]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:17:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010723691_1200x675_461143619948.jpg A nice Wednesday ahead with high temperatures hitting the mid-80s.]]> <![CDATA[Tornado Watch Canceled for Area]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:59:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Storm-Cloud.jpg

A Tornado Watch has been canceled for the entire area after storms with heavy rain and winds ripped through the region.

The Watch was in effect for Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties as well as the Poconos, Lehigh Valley and Berks County. The Watch was canceled around 8:45 p.m.

"So far not a single tornado has been detected in the entire country today," said NBC10 First Alert Weather Chief Meteorologist Glenn Schwartz.. "The only reports of wind damage in our area was in Berks County around 6 p.m."

Heavy rain moved into the Philadelphia area around 8:30 p.m. The rain and possible localized flooding will continue overnight into Tuesday morning before the system clears out Tuesday afternoon.
 



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<![CDATA[When Will We See Sun Again?]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 19:17:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/april+20.jpg

It has certainly been a cloudy, cool week.

That was especially true Tuesday, when we didn’t even get out of the 50s! We had more rain on Monday than in all of May (plus the last nine dry days of April). And most of us haven’t seen the sun since before the big thunderstorms on Monday.

The main culprit has been a constant wind off the 55 degree ocean. Once the clouds come in, it’s awfully hard to get them out. That doesn’t happen until the wind direction changes. And that should happen Saturday. So I expect at least some sunshine Saturday, with the wind generally coming from the north. That will also allow temperatures to get near the average high of 80 (yes, the average high is now 80). Sun looks to develop from North to South through the day. There will be a chance of showers mainly South of Philadelphia, in NJ & DE Saturday as the dry air starts to push South.

High pressure builds in on Sunday, leading to even more sunshine. But it will lead to an onshore wind at the shore, dropping temperatures a bit. Here’s a computer forecast map showing the Sunday pattern:


THE FORECAST

SATURDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Early clouds give way to some sunshine. Warmer, with high near 80.
    Chance of rain: 15% (would just be scattered showers)
     
  • Shore: Clouds and sun. Much warmer. High 75. Sea breeze developing.
    Chance of rain: 30%
     
  • Poconos: Becoming mostly sunny & pleasant. High 74
    Chance of rain: 10%

SUNDAY

  • Philadelphia-area: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High 78
    Chance of rain 5%
     
  • Shore: Mostly sunny but cooler. Ocean breeze all day. High 70
    Chance of rain 5%
     
  • Poconos: Sunny and a bit cooler. High near 70
    Chance of rain 5%

You can watch Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz every weekday on NBC10 at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Follow him on Twitter @HurricaneNBC and stay informed when weather changes on the NBC10 app.


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<![CDATA[Giants Player in Wreck Amid Storm]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:15:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/weatherford+instagram.jpg

Giants punter Steve Weatherford says he's thankful his newborn daughter still has a father after he totaled a rental car on the New Jersey Turnpike amid raging thunderstorms while returning home for practice from visiting his little girl in California. 

Weatherford posted a picture on Instagram of the mangled car on after the 3:30 a.m. crash Monday, saying it wrecked as he hit "a massive body of water" going about 65 mph to 70 mph.

"I hydroplane, slam into the median, get blasted in the face by the air bags," said Weatherford, whose face was bruised in the crash. "My rental is totaled and I walked out without a scratch."

Less than 2 minutes after he left the car, another car slid out of control in the same spot and hit his rental, Weatherford told radio station WFAN.

"I thought the guy was dead," Weatherford said, adding that he ripped open the back passenger door to try to awaken the unconscious driver. "I'm trying to gently hit this guy's shoulder and trying to wake him up, because a third car could easily come and hit us."

Weatherford called 911, and New Jersey state troopers helped him and drove him 45 miles home to Hoboken.

"Now I'm home shaking like a leaf, trying to pack my bag to go to practice," Weatherford said on Instagram. "I'm so thankful to even be walking right now."

New Jersey State Police wrote on Facebook: "Two words about Steve: Class act. Also, congratulations! Best of luck with your family's new addition!"

The punter was driving back to New Jersey from Washington because his San Diego-Newark flight was diverted due to thunderstorms. Weatherford said he arrived in Washington too late to take a train or bus back home.

"Not only has God given my family and I a beautiful, healthy 10-pound baby girl," Weatherford said. "He sent his guardian angels to keep my car from flipping and (me from) possibly dying."



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<![CDATA[Fish Swim Down Streets as NJ Pounded by Heavy Rain]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 04:40:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/nj+fish1.jpg For the second straight day, parts of New Jersey were hit hard by heavy rain, sending fish literally swimming down the streets in one town. Ida Siegal reports.]]>