July 28, 2014 |
The Madeline doll remains in the basement of the Rossi home, a haunting memory of the night of the "gray snow," when a devastating weather event - perhaps unprecedented in the region - wrought tragedy in a Montgomery County housing development. Late on the night of July 27, 1994, a potent tornado, with winds perhaps topping 200 m.p.h., tore through the "Hamlet" neighborhood in Limerick Township, killing Laura Petersen and her husband, Daniel Thompson III, both 28, and their 11-month-old daughter, Mikhela.
July 17, 2014 |
Yet another round of strong thunderstorms rumbled through the region late Tuesday, just in time for the peak commuting period, and once again they had a particular ferocity in South Jersey. Flash-flood warnings were in effect for parts of Camden and Gloucester Counties, and flood advisories were posted for just about the entire southern half of the state. Hailstones an inch in diameter - about the size of a quarter - were reported in Tabernacle, Burlington County. With rains forecast to continue well into the night, the National Weather Service extended its flash-flood watch for the entire region through 6 a.m. Wednesday.
July 16, 2014 |
A wild thunderstorm roared through the Philadelphia region Monday evening, leaving thousands without power and prompting a brief tornado warning in Burlington County. A 14-year-old boy was struck by lightning in Glenolden, Delaware County, according to a preliminary report by emergency services. The boy was reportedly conscious and taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. A ground stop was put into place at Philadelphia International Airport as the storm passed. It was lifted around 8:30 p.m. The sky was lit up with intimidating displays of lightning and sporadic flooding was reported.
July 11, 2014 |
The West Chester Story Slam was just getting started Tuesday night at the Side Bar & Restaurant when a telltale flicker came from the lights above, followed by darkness. For many of the 50-plus attendees at the monthly event, the drill had become as familiar as the crash of thunder. Restaurant staff brought out candles, and when the emcee asked whether the show should go on, the crowd started chanting, "Stories! Stories! Stories!" said Jim Breslin, an author who lives just outside the borough and who organizes the Story Slam nights.
July 11, 2014 |
Another church trial over a same-sex wedding could be on the horizon locally for the United Methodist Church - this time with 36 defendants and reverberations in congregations across the region. Accused of breaking doctrinal law are the pastors who jointly performed a same-sex wedding last year in Philadelphia in solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the Lebanon, Pa., pastor put on trial for presiding at his gay son's wedding. A complaint against those 36 ministers was filed by a group of about 50 members, mostly clergy, of the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, according to those with knowledge of the confidential process.
July 4, 2014 |
Severe storms have left more than 12,000 customers still without power in the area late Wednesday night. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., Peco reported more than 7,700 outages, including 3,271 in Delaware County, 1,883 in Philadelphia, and 1,390 in Montgomery County. In New Jersey, PSE&G reported 4,170 outages in Burlington County, 364 in Camden County, and 118 in Gloucester County. email@example.com 215-854-2430
July 4, 2014 |
Poised to become the season's first Atlantic hurricane by day's end Thursday, Tropical Storm Arthur was forecast to hit the North Carolina coast with high winds and heavy rains and have at least an indirect effect on the Philadelphia region. Hurricane warnings were posted for the Outer Banks and the entire North Carolina coast, and although Arthur should scoot well offshore, some of its moisture could add juice to rains around here, the National Weather Service says. A flash-flood watch was in effect from Thursday morning until noon Friday for Philadelphia and its adjacent counties, where 1 to 3 inches of rain were possible.
July 3, 2014 |
UNDER NORMAL circumstances, Ron Hextall would likely have a pit in his stomach if he saw division rival Washington had acquired two top-four defensemen from the Penguins. Tuesday, Hextall likely had to keep from laughing when he saw the terms of their deals. Matt Niskanen, who had one tremendous season in Pittsburgh, signed a 7-year deal for $40.25 million. Brooks Orpik, already 33, cashed in for $27.5 million over 5 seasons. "There's 2 days of the year where hockey people get crazy: July 1 and the trade deadline," Hextall said.
June 12, 2014 |
The tarp covered the field at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday as a torrential rainstorm created a river in right field. Two Padres players - Everth Cabrera and Yasmani Grandal - emerged from a flooded dugout at Citizens Bank Park in spandex shorts. They turned the white cover into a giant Slip 'n Slide, belly-flopping to cheers from stadium employees. There was no such joy for San Diego later. The Phillies, after a day to relax and contemplate the next 101 games, dispatched one of baseball's worst lineups in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
June 8, 2014 |
We've barely gotten over winter's misery and already are being reminded about hurricane preparedness. Yet the season officially started June 1, so perhaps a few tips from the American Bankers Association are in order: Assemble an emergency kit, which should include first-aid supplies, a flashlight, extra batteries, at least three days of nonperishable food and water, towels, and a supply of necessary medications. Stay informed of a storm's path and progress by monitoring Wireless Emergency Alerts by text message and having a battery-powered radio or TV available.