September 12, 2013 |
EVESHAM Surrounded by backhoes, bulldozers, and a gaggle of school-age children in red T-shirts and white baseball uniforms, Evesham Township officials broke ground Tuesday on a $5.3 million ball field project that promises to laugh at rain. Due to open in April, the 13-acre site off Tuckerton Road will consist of two softball fields and two baseball fields built with young players in mind. Baselines will be 60 feet instead of 90, and the outfield fences will lie 200 feet from home plate.
August 11, 2013 |
BRISTOL, Conn. - Lionville Little League ace pitcher and big swinger Mike Rodriguez had just finished a round of batting practice when his teammates lifted up the net surrounding the batting cage and rushed in to investigate the damage. Another cracked bat - the 10th this summer for coach Steve Jewett's club. The 32-inch Easton composite club, yellow and black paint shredded from its barrel, didn't stand a chance against Little Leaguers drilling an hour's worth of line drives with more tenacity than most middle-shoolers can muster.
June 14, 2013 |
While the region has been soaked with about a half-foot of rain in the last week, remarkably it has escaped significant widespread flooding. That could change by Thursday night. A potent, moisture-laden storm threatens the region with an ominous menu of yet another soaking, powerful thunderstorms, and perhaps even tornadoes, the National Weather Service warns. "Widespread flash-flooding" of streams and "moderate river flooding" are possible, the weather service's Mount Holly office said.
June 13, 2013 |
THE ORGANIZERS of the U.S. Open at Merion had every little detail of the tournament figured out. From the shuttles taking fans and media to and from parking lots, to the massive tents set up on homeowners' lawns along Golf House Road, everything was down to a science. Suddenly, there is another kind of science organizers need to account for: meteorology. The forecast for today at the U.S. Open is not good, for players and organizers alike. With the East Course already saturated, a line of strong storms is heading toward Merion, and it does not look promising.
June 11, 2013 |
Heavy rainstorms snarled traffic through the Philadelphia area Monday and delayed the start of the practice round of the 113th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The National Weather Service, which posted various flood watches and warnings for the entire region, reported more than an inch of rain falling within two hours in some parts of the region. The East Branch of the Perkiomen reached 7.2 feet at Schwenksville just after 12:30 p.m., or 0.2 inches above flood stage, and was continuing to rise.
June 9, 2013 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season drenched the nation's Southeast but caused no major damage Friday, marching up the East Coast as it brought the threat of weekend flooding as far north as New England. After bringing rain, strong winds, and even tornadoes to Florida, Andrea was losing its tropical characteristics on Friday even as it still packed maximum sustained winds of 45 m.p.h. It was blamed for one traffic-related death in Virginia. Tropical storm warnings remained in effect for North Carolina and southern Virginia, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 8 p.m. Friday.
June 9, 2013 |
Tropical Storm Andrea made landfall Friday, flooding much of the Philadelphia region. The National Weather Service reported that about three inches of rain had fallen at Philadelphia International Airport as of 7:54 p.m. - more than in any single month since January, and the most in a single day since Sandy came roaring through the region. The amount of precipitation shattered the record for the date of June 7 - 1.79 inches, set in 1904. About 50 families were displaced in Chester, where the American Red Cross set up a shelter at Showalter Junior High School, spokesman Dave Schrader said.
June 1, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs on Friday, killing a mother and baby and crumbling cars and tractor-trailers along a major interstate. The broad storm hit during the evening rush hour, causing havoc on Interstate 40, a major artery connecting suburbs east and west of the city. To the south, winds approaching 80 m.p.h. were forecast for Moore, where a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado killed 24 on May 20. Floodwaters up to 4 feet deep hampered rescue attempts and frequent lightning roiled the skies well after the main threat had passed to the east.
January 31, 2013 |
After an afternoon high of 68 - just two degrees shy of the record for the date set in 1947 - the Philadelphia area faces heavy rain and high winds tonight, raising the possibility of some power outages, flash flooding and flight delays. Temperatures should then drop drastically, with overnight lows in the 20s Thursday night, when a chance of light snow continues into Friday morning. Some morning commutes might be messy the next two days for very different reasons. Today's rain could start in the city by early evening, becoming likely by 8 p.m. "A substantial squall line will probably cross the area between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. and thunderstorms may be embedded in this line," according to a National Weather Service flood watch issued for Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
January 17, 2013 |
Nailla Robinson, the 5-year-old girl audaciously abducted from her West Philadelphia kindergarten class a day earlier, was found early Tuesday half-dressed and shivering - but safe - in a rain-soaked Upper Darby playground. Nelson Mandela Myers, a sanitation worker who heard her cries about 4:40 a.m. while on his way to his job, rushed to comfort her and called 911 - and will receive the $10,000 reward offered by Mayor Nutter for her safe recovery, police said. Still being sought Tuesday night: the kidnapper, dressed in black Muslim garb that revealed only her eyes, who walked into Bryant School and persuaded employees to let her walk away with the unsuspecting girl.