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May 3, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
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March 10, 2011 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
For all the wild weather the region has experienced in recent years, about the only thing missing from the mayhem has been major, widespread flooding. That could change in the next few days. Up to 3.5 inches of rain on Thursday could set off some of the worst flooding since 2006, the National Weather Service said. Both the Delaware River and the Schuylkill could slosh out of their banks. In addition, water-pushing winds from the southeast could cause tidal flooding along the Delaware in Philadelphia.
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April 16, 2007 | By Jeff Shields and Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The fierce nor'easter that dumped more than four inches of rain on the Philadelphia region yesterday promised high winds, rising rivers, and up to six inches of snow in the mountains today, meteorologists said. The morning commute promised to be challenging, and fallen trees and power outages were in the forecast. Flood warnings were in effect for most of the region, including the Jersey Shore. Rain and snow to the north could cause the Delaware River to overflow today and tomorrow as the storm progresses, the National Weather Service said in a new flood warning for Bucks and Mercer Counties issued last night.
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April 6, 1993 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Workmen do a balancing act yesterday on top of the Reading Terminal Market as they prepare the roof as part of the Convention Center project. That was no easy feat considering the sometimes windy conditions yesterday in the Delaware Valley. Elsewhere in the state people tried to recover from last week's flooding. Basements, roads and antiques were among the casualties of flooding, officials and residents said yesterday as waters receded along the Susquehanna River and its West Branch, where flood warnings were lifted yesterday.
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April 17, 2011
State police closed a section of the eastbound Schuylkill Expressway on Saturday night near Montgomery Drive because of a mud slide, one of a series of traffic problems as more than two inches of rain pelted the region, accompanied by gusting winds. There was a major backup on the highway as officers diverted traffic at the Montgomery Drive exit, a state police spokeswoman said. The Expressway problem was compounded because flooding forced the closing of parts of Lincoln Drive and Kelly Drive near the same area, the police traffic division said.
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August 2, 2012 | BREAKING NEWS DESK
Dire, flash-flood warnings popped up on cellular phones throughout the region this afternoon. But for most people, it was little more than a dry run. "Severe Alert! Flash Flood Warning. Check Local Media. Urgency Immediate," the text read. The head-for-the-hills tone may have made some sense in in parts of eastern Bucks and central Montgomery Counties, where a National Weather Service flood warning was in effect, but to just about everyone else, it was more like a tripped alarm.
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October 31, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the first day of a massive clean up begins, Sandy has not yet finished inflicting damage across the Philadelphia area. Winds are still strong enough to topple trees on already saturated ground, adding to staggering totals of power outages, even though the former hurricane was in Western Pennsylvania on its way into New York State this morning. Runoff and additional rain will continue to add to flooding worries, although the suburban flooding seems to be less than feared because of low water levels in creeks and rivers before the storm.
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June 28, 2006 | By Anthony R. Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With waterways engorged by days of soaking rains, widespread and perhaps major river flooding is almost a certainty today, the National Weather Service warns. Some streams and creeks already had jumped their banks this week, and now the Schuylkill, Delaware and Susquehanna appear ready to join them, said Peter Ahnert, hydrologist with the government's Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, in State College, Pa. The center said "significant" flooding is likely throughout just about all of eastern Pennsylvania.
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August 29, 2011 | Staff Report
Utility crews are working to restore power to about 480,000 customers in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania this afternoon in the wake of Hurricane Irene while flooding subsides in most areas. Initial damage estimates put the cost at at least $7 billion in Irene's path. The number of deaths in the Philadelphia area rose to two as officials reported a 64-year-old East Norriton woman drowned in Whitemarsh after apparently abandoning her car along the Wissahickon Creek on Sunday.
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September 5, 2012 | By Peter Mucha and Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The National Weather Service is investigating reports of funnel clouds, downed trees, and fallen power lines in parts of Camden County, where a tornado warning was issued this evening. The Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel was evacuated briefly after lightning struck near the pool room. By 8 p.m. the evacuation was lifted, but power had not been fully restored, a Westin employee said. There were numerous reports of funnel clouds touching down in the areas of Moorestown and Maple Shade early Tuesday evening.
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May 3, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
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May 3, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
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December 3, 2012 | By John S. Marshall, Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Residents of Northern California endured the brunt of another powerful storm that drenched the area with yet another round of pounding rain and strong winds, but damage from the storm was less than expected, officials said. The latest storm system - the third to hit the area in less than a week - moved across the region late Saturday and early Sunday dropping as much as an inch of rain per hour in some areas, toppling trees and knocking out electrical service to tens of thousands of people, officials said.
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October 31, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the first day of a massive clean up begins, Sandy has not yet finished inflicting damage across the Philadelphia area. Winds are still strong enough to topple trees on already saturated ground, adding to staggering totals of power outages, even though the former hurricane was in Western Pennsylvania on its way into New York State this morning. Runoff and additional rain will continue to add to flooding worries, although the suburban flooding seems to be less than feared because of low water levels in creeks and rivers before the storm.
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September 5, 2012 | By Peter Mucha and Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The National Weather Service is investigating reports of funnel clouds, downed trees, and fallen power lines in parts of Camden County, where a tornado warning was issued this evening. The Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel was evacuated briefly after lightning struck near the pool room. By 8 p.m. the evacuation was lifted, but power had not been fully restored, a Westin employee said. There were numerous reports of funnel clouds touching down in the areas of Moorestown and Maple Shade early Tuesday evening.
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August 3, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the nation's new weather alert system, Wednesday was a spectacular local debut. The frightenging "Severe alert! Flash flood warning" messages certainly caught the attention of mobile-phone users across the region. The only problem: Most of the folks who received the warnings that afternoon were in no danger whatsoever. Philadelphians learned what people in the San Diego region discovered two days earlier. The alert system has a major technological glitch. Some of the areas warned were far removed from the areas endangered.
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August 3, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the nation's new weather-alert system, Wednesday was a spectacular local debut. The frightening "Severe alert! Flash flood warning" messages certainly caught the attention of mobile-phone users across the region. The only problem: Most of the folks who received the warnings that afternoon were in no danger whatsoever. Philadelphians learned what people in the San Diego region had discovered two days earlier: The alert system has a major technological glitch. Some of the areas warned were far removed from the areas endangered.
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August 2, 2012 | BREAKING NEWS DESK
Dire, flash-flood warnings popped up on cellular phones throughout the region this afternoon. But for most people, it was little more than a dry run. "Severe Alert! Flash Flood Warning. Check Local Media. Urgency Immediate," the text read. The head-for-the-hills tone may have made some sense in in parts of eastern Bucks and central Montgomery Counties, where a National Weather Service flood warning was in effect, but to just about everyone else, it was more like a tripped alarm.
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September 29, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Overnight rain and likely afternoon thunderstorms have forecasters issuing flooding alerts that blanket the region, from Harrisburg to the Shore. Most serious are the flood warnings for counties on both sides of Delaware River from Allentown to northwestern New Jersey, where some areas got an inch or more of rain overnight. Those warnings, however, were expected to expire this morning as rivers subside under drier skies, according to the National Weather Service. A less serious flash flood watch was in effect for almost all of Eastern Pennsylvania and North Jersey until 5 p.m., because of the threat of afternoon storms dumping more water on already saturated ground.
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September 10, 2011 | By Anthony R. Wood and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
Fort Washington, bedeviled by renegade tributaries of the Sandy Run Creek, has long been one of the region's most flood-prone areas. Yet even by the standards of flood veterans in that Montgomery County community, this has been an impressive week. "We don't get flooding like this very often," said Gary Gresh, who spent the week helping his 86-year-old father battle the floodwaters lapping along Fort Washington Avenue and seeping into basements. On Friday his was one of countless neighborhoods throughout the region mopping up from the monumental siege of rain.
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