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February 13, 2013 | By David Porter, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Sandy was the deadliest hurricane to hit the northeastern United States in 40 years and the second costliest in the nation's history, according to a report released Tuesday. The storm's effects reached far and wide, according to the National Hurricane Center report. While Sandy visited devastation on the East Coast, principally New Jersey and New York, it created wind gusts as far west as Wisconsin and as far north as Canada and caused water levels to rise from Florida to Maine, the center found.
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January 31, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
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.
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January 3, 2013 | BY SAM WOOD, Philly.com
A CABLE BENEATH 16th and Market streets in Center City began smoking early Wednesday morning, prompting officials who were worried about a separate gas leak to evacuate an apartment building. The 10-story Oakwood Apartments building, at 16th and Sansom, was cleared of its residents, and 16th Street was closed between Chestnut and Walnut streets for much of the morning. Karen Muldoon-Geus, a Peco Energy spokeswoman, said that the incident occurred about 3:30 a.m., when smoke was spotted coming from a manhole.
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December 24, 2012 | By Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Peco Energy Co. is reporting an "issue with underground cables" near Lancaster Avenue and Rittenhouse Place in Lower Merion. Peco workers are on site, and the utility company is assembling more specialized crews to assess the damage. Peco will have to cut off electricity before workers can go underground safely, company spokesman Ben Armstrong said. "The insulation around the cables could be heating up and causing the manhole to smoke," Armstrong said. "You could be seeing smoke coming from the manhole.
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November 8, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HARVEY CEDARS, N.J. - After Sandy battered the Jersey Shore's barrier islands last week, Gov. Christie says he's not sure what to expect from a nor'easter that began howling along the coastline this afternoon and may bring more flooding, high winds, additional power outages and even snow to the region. "I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," Christie told a crowd of first responders and media that packed the engine room of the High Point Volunteer Fire House. Christie had been scheduled to tour Long Beach Island to see the progress being made in the cleanup of Sandy and the preparations for this latest storm, but the driving rain and wind canceled those plans.
NEWS
November 8, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every day since superstorm Sandy buzzsawed through the Philadelphia region the number of power outages has declined. Tomorrow could show an increase, especially in New Jersey, because of a new storm, a nor'easter expected to bring high winds and, along the I-95 corridor, up to 5 inches of snow. Pennsylvania's in pretty good shape. Fewer than 100 Peco customers are still without electricity - out of a record-busting 850,000 homes and businesses knocked off-line. "We feel like we'll be in good shape to handle this storm," said spokeswoman Karen Muldoon Geus.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | BY TERRY GILLEN
I HAD JUST FINISHED 30 minutes with the wet-vac in my basement on Tuesday when Mayor Nutter called me to let me know that a conference call had been scheduled with President Obama for later that morning. I arrived at City Hall just as the mayor and his team were returning from a press conference with SEPTA. As we sat waiting for the White House to set up the call logistics, the mayor chatted with a few of his aides and Sen. Bob Casey. The mayor was given some bad information about the number of people without power - a number that he instantly knew was too high.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Already ravaged by Sandy, the Jersey Shore is on track to get exactly what it doesn't need: another siege of powerful, sand-removing onshore winds, perhaps gusting to 65 m.p.h. A potent, winterlike storm - perhaps strong enough to generate snow in the immediate Philadelphia area - is almost certain to punish the region from Wednesday into Thursday, meteorologists are warning. With high-wind and coastal-flood watches in effect, the likely upshot of what the National Weather Service is calling "a particularly dangerous situation" will be additional trauma for a region still picking up the millions of pieces from Sandy's destruction.
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November 6, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Already ravaged by Sandy, the Jersey Shore is on track to get exactly what it doesn't need: another siege of powerful, sand-removing onshore winds, perhaps gusting to 65 m.p.h. A potent, winterlike storm - perhaps strong enough to generate snow in the immediate Philadelphia area - is almost certain to punish the region from Wednesday into Thursday, meteorologists are warning. With high-wind and coastal-flood watches in effect, the likely upshot of what the National Weather Service is calling "a particularly dangerous situation" will be additional trauma for a region still picking up the millions of pieces from Sandy's destruction.
NEWS
November 5, 2012
Many towns in central and North Jersey, though unaffected by Shore flooding, are still struggling with the devastating effects of Sandy's high winds. Typical is Bernards Township, an affluent community in Somerset County. Police were distributing military rations to residents who had not been able to cook for five days because of power outages that by early Saturday still affected nearly 60 percent of the community, which includes the villages of Basking Ridge and Liberty Corner.
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