Heavy rain, Obama visit could make P.M. commute messy

Posted: June 13, 2012

Heavy rain, possibly accompanied by thunderstorms, could be intensifying as President Obama arrives for a fundraising visit later today, setting the stage for a potentially messy evening commute in and out of Center City Philadelphia.

Air Force One is scheduled to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport about 5:25 p.m., with the president immediately departing for fundraising events visits, including a public event at the Franklin Institute for 500 people at 7:50 p.m. He'll also attend to two private functions before flying back to Washingtron around 10:30 p.m.

Today's forecast calls for showers likely in the morning and afternoon, with a possible a thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. The high is expected to reach 74.

The National Weather Service says some flooding is possible in streams and poorly drained urban areas, especially if rainfall exceeds two inches within several hours.

The Daily News reports that Obama finds a favorite fundraising target in Pennsylvania, where he leads former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney by double digits. The President has raised $3.6 million in Pennsylvania this election cycle, compared to Romney's $1.9 million.

And Philadelphia appears to be critical to Obama's effort in the state. Twenty-one percent of Obama's contributions came from Philadelphia.

Romney visits Pennsylvania Saturday as part of a five-day, six-state campaign bus tour.

Tickets to Obama's fundraisers tonight start at $250 for the public event at the Franklin Institute, $40,000 for the private roundtable and $10,000 for the private dinner.

A Daily News/Franklin & Marshall College Poll last week showed Obama leading Romney by 12 percentage points in Pennsylvania. But Obama did not crack 50 percent in the state, leading 48-36 percent

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