April 15, 2016
The snows of January have long since given way to the rains (and occasional snows) of April, but Pennsylvania's slow thaw hasn't eased the peculiar form of brain freeze afflicting turnpike officials. Despite having taken a very long look at the latest snowbound stranding of hundreds of motorists on the toll road they ostensibly run, they remain incapable of acknowledging their failure. In fact, an untrained reader of the turnpike agency's "after-action report" could be forgiven for thinking officials were basking in the afterglow of a stunning success - a word that appears therein more than once.
April 11, 2016
The young adult novel "This Is the Story of You" introduces Mira Banul - daughter of a single mother named Mickey, sister to young Jasper Lee, who is battling a rare disease, and friend to those who, like Mira, have grown up as "Year Rounders" on a barrier island along the Jersey Shore. In this excerpt, a storm that forecasters said would simply pass is gaining force, and speed. With Mira's mother and brother in a hospital on the main land, Mira is alone as the storm - and a stranger - encroaches.
April 5, 2016 |
A man was injured Sunday morning when part of a warehouse building in Southwest Philadelphia collapsed after a night of thunderstorms and heavy wind, scattering bricks onto the 5000 block of Warrington Avenue. Auto body worker Turhon Eulett was briefly hospitalized after his parked car was crushed by falling bricks around 5 a.m. "I was sitting inside my car and whoosh, the building came crashing down. … If anyone was in the passenger seat, they'd be finished," Eulett said.
March 22, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Villanova roared out of the locker room and onto the court Sunday at the Barclays Center playing as if it didn't just want to snap its streak of second-round failures in the NCAA tournament, it wanted to smash it into little pieces. Still, the second-seeded Wildcats insisted that despite all the questions over the last several months and the near-suffocating pressure to get to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2009, they didn't come out against Iowa any more fired up than at any other time during their season.
March 20, 2016 |
When the astronomical spring arrives at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, it might well end up doing a pratfall on a fresh cover of snow. Meteorologists at the National Weather Services have lowered their expectations for snowfall totals for Philadelphia as models have started to shift the storm to the east. Any snow is expected to begin as rain first, and accumulation on non-paved surfaces is forecast to top out at an inch. With a nor'easter paralleling the coast, minor flooding is possible at the Shore, where winds could gust to 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.
March 17, 2016 |
President Obama authorized federal aid Tuesday to assist New Jersey with its recovery from January's winter storm, which caused flooding along the Shore and left record snowfall in some areas. The storm caused about $83 million in damage, according to the state. Obama on Tuesday approved Gov. Christie's request last month that the president declare that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, opening the door for federal funding. The state must undergo an application process to receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
February 27, 2016 |
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
February 15, 2016 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Images of cars, patio furniture, and chunks of ice floating in floodwaters during last month's powerful storm brought home to the public that the infrastructure along the Jersey Shore's back bays needs to be fortified. It's a situation that barrier island residents like Chris Rakus have experienced year after year. "The beachfront always gets a lot of attention . . . but it's back here that the real damage happens whenever there is flooding. And it seems like it's getting worse and more frequent," said Rakus, whose family lost two cars last month and spent days cleaning up the first level of their home, a block from the bay here.
February 13, 2016 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie said Thursday that he had requested federal aid to help New Jersey respond to the storm that brought flooding and record snowfall late last month. In a statement, Christie said he had requested aid for 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, and Cumberland. The storm was particularly damaging in Cape May County Shore towns. "I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected county and local governments, and that federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of state, county, and local governments and disaster relief organizations," Christie said.
February 10, 2016 |
Several inches of snow are possible in the Philadelphia region. A dusting fell overnight with more expected later today and a coastal flood warning is in effect for the New Jersey and Delaware coasts. The National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning through Tuesday night for the immediate Philadelphia area, calling for about 2 to 4 inches of snow, with possibly a bit more to the west. American Airlines announced it would waive ticket change fees and fare differences for customers who want to put off traveling because of the storm.