September 26, 2012 |
TRENTON - Amtrak is going to break the speed limit in the Northeast Corridor. The rail service announced Monday that it will operate test trains overnight at 165 m.p.h. in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts. Acela Express equipment will be used for the tests, which were to start at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in New Jersey and will continue into next week, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. All the locations may one day have regular 160-m.p.h. service; the current top speed limit is 150 m.p.h.
September 8, 2012 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country. The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the 85-m.p.h. speed limit for a 41-mile-long toll road near the increasingly crowded I-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. The road runs several miles east of the interstate between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas. And while some drivers may be eager to put the pedal to the metal and rip through the central Texas countryside, others are asking if it is safe.
April 10, 2012 |
Monday was one of the windiest days of the year, with gusts of more than 50 m.p.h. recorded in a half-dozen places, including Philadelphia. The wind, along with a recent lack of rain, continues to spur fears of new wildfires, with a red flag warning once again in effect for the entire region, including all of New Jersey and Delaware. Today, though, should just be breezy - with winds from about 14 to 22 m.p.h. - with a slight chance of afternoon rain. Yesterday's top gusts spanned most of the day, from a 51 m.p.h.
March 8, 1986 |
High winds play havoc with the hood on Adrienne Oldt's car, blowing it almost completely off the car. Oldt was driving home to Pottstown when the hood did the reverse flip on U.S. Route 1 near Media. Wind gusts averaged 25 to 30 m.p.h. yesterday; Philadelphia International Airport reported a gust of 48 m.p.h.
October 30, 2012
All four Delaware River Port Authority bridges are now closed until further notice, spokesman Tim Ireland said. The Commodore Barry, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross, and Ben Franklin Bridges will likely be open again sometime Tuesday, he said. Ireland had said the Commodore Barry bridge would be closed once sustained winds reached 50 m.p.h. No hard rules exist for the other three, he said by phone Monday afternoon, but discussions regarding closures generally begin when winds reach 70 m.p.h.
October 30, 2012 |
Here's a breakdown of what to expect from Hurricane Sandy, as this "Frankenstorm" rips through the region today. The odds were put at 100 percent that the entire region will get sustained tropical storm force winds today. That means 39 m.p.h. or more - and at the Shore, much more - and these damaging, even devastating winds are likely to last for hours. Atlantic City was expected to have sustained winds of 50 to 60 m.p.h. all afternoon and early evening, with gusts of up to 80 m.p.h.
February 1, 1991 |
Rebecca Bradley, 16, a student at Hallahan High School, has a wind-blown look as she walks on Benjamin Franklin Parkway near 16th Street yesterday as northwest winds kicked up to near 50 mph and brought cold air into the area. There's be little wind today, but it will be cold.
November 22, 1989 |
The violent winds that raked Pennsylvania and New Jersey Monday night were among the most powerful winds ever recorded in November and were caused by a rare meteorological condition that sucked high-altitude winds down to Earth, forecasters said yesterday. Ken Reeves, a meteorologist at Accu-Weather, a private forecasting firm in State College, said the region's highest winds were measured at 97 m.p.h. in Wayne, in northern New Jersey. This wind exceeded the velocity found in some hurricanes, which need 75 m.p.h.
October 31, 2012 |
It remains to be seen if Hurricane Sandy will set any records, but weather experts say it will be among the storms that make history, especially at the Jersey Shore. Its sheer size and its unprecedented beeline for the New Jersey coast already have set it apart from many of the region's notable storms, such as the especially destructive coastal storm of 1962, the "superstorm of 1993," and Hurricane Floyd in 1999. As he looked at pictures from the Shore on Monday, Jon Nese, a meteorologist at Pennsylvania State University, said he was most reminded of the famed March 1962 nor'easter that inundated the New Jersey coast.
June 21, 2012 |
Red-light cameras in four towns in Camden and Gloucester Counties may be trigger-happy, and the towns must stop ticketing motorists while the lights are checked, the state Department of Transportation ordered Tuesday. Cameras at intersections in Cherry Hill, Glassboro, Stratford, and Monroe, and 17 other New Jersey communities may be connected to traffic signals that are improperly calibrated, the department said. The lights may not have a sufficiently long yellow phase to meet state requirements under a pilot program permitting 25 towns to install red-light cameras.