June 14, 2013 |
Strong storms are hammering parts of South Jersey this evening, and a fresh round of rain has halted play at the U.S. Open in Merion. Overall, however, the forecasts turned out to be far-more menancing than the actual weather. Through 6 p.m., only 0.4 inches of rain had been measured officially at Philadelphia International Airport, well below the 1 to 2 inches in the forecast. Emergency officials and utilities had been bracing for a second wave of thunderstorms, after the first set roared across region, knocking out power to thousands and drenching everything in its path.
June 13, 2013 |
YOU THINK Matt Shaffer has had easier weeks? From the moment Merion East found out it was going to host its fifth U.S. Open this year, he understood that the whole golf universe would be watching his every move. And making judgments on everything from the speed of the greens to the height of the rough and anything in between. Maybe even the turtle soup they serve on the veranda. As the director of golf course operations, that's his job. And his responsibility. As he put it a few months ago, his Super Bowl.
June 8, 2013 |
MIAMI - The first named storm of the Atlantic season hammered Florida with rain, heavy winds, and tornadoes Thursday as it moved over land toward the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacations through the beginning of the weekend. Tropical Storm Andrea was not expected to strengthen into a hurricane but forecasters warned it could spawn tornadoes and cause isolated flooding and storm surge before it loses steam over the next two days. Tropical storm warnings were in effect for a large section of Florida's west coast from Boca Grande to the Steinhatchee River and for the East Coast from Flagler Beach, Fla., all the way to Cape Charles Light in Virginia, and the lower Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.
June 5, 2013
If New Jersey doesn't buy vacant land now, it will be gone in two decades. That's when geographers predict it will become the first state designated as "built out. " That means no room for new structures, just impervious surfaces diverting storm water into basements, or worse. Before that happens, New Jersey voters should have a say in whether they must live in an overdeveloped state where rainstorms bring the threat of destruction and death. Voters should decide whether the state dedicates more public funds to preserving open space and lessening the impact of flooding.
June 4, 2013
By David Bradley As the School District of Philadelphia faces the prospects of unprecedented budget cuts, the image that comes to me is that of a massive storm ready to devastate our city's schools. The effects will be disastrous. In the short term, city schools will be stripped to the most elemental services - one principal, one teacher for every classroom, each room packed to the blackboards with the maximum number of students. Assistant principals, guidance counselors, art, music, sports, and extracurriculars - gone.
June 2, 2013 |
Seven months after the second-most-costly storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland particularly lashed the Jersey Shore, a new survey has found that only a little more than half the residents in coastal areas have taken any action to prepare for the next Superstorm Sandy. And that number that worries local emergency management officials, who say they are urging residents to prepare now for when disaster strikes again. While 58 percent of those surveyed by the American Red Cross and the Weather Channel said they were concerned about a repeat of last year, only a third have a plan that involves communicating with family members should they become separated and knowing where to go if they are evacuated, according to the study, released Friday at Red Cross headquarters in Washington.
May 30, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - No Boy Scouts were there, but they likely would have endorsed the message at Atlantic City Electric's seasonal prep session: Be prepared. After the region was hammered last storm season with two major weather events - the June 29 derecho and exactly four months later, Hurricane Sandy - officials noted that the most important lesson learned is to be ready for whatever circumstance such extreme conditions create. Besides causing heavy damage to homes and infrastructure, both storms knocked out power to millions of customers throughout New Jersey and ultimately left thousands of people in some areas without electricity for more than a week.
May 26, 2013
The Soul scored 42 points in the second half to beat the host Tampa Bay Storm, 73-55, on Saturday night. The Soul took the lead for good with 4 minutes, 48 seconds left in the third quarter. Quarterback Dan Raudabaugh connected with Andrae Thurman on a 14-yard pass play, giving the Soul a 45-35 lead. Raudabaugh completed 13 of 16 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He spread the offense around as Anthony Jones caught five passes for 79 yards, Greg Ellingson caught four for 57 yards, Ryan McDaniel made four catches for 41 yards and a TD, and Thurman grabbed three for 46 yards.
May 25, 2013
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Tampa Bay Times Forum TV: CBS Sports Network. Records: Soul, 4-4; Storm, 6-3. About the Soul: The Soul lead the series, 5-3, after sweeping Tampa Bay twice last season. . . . Soul defensive lineman Bryan Robinson is second in the Arena Football League with 101/2 tackles for loss and seventh with 51/2 sacks. . . . The Soul defense is first in the league with an average of 14.4 rushing yards allowed per game and six touchdowns allowed.
May 25, 2013 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - When a hundred or so suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying business owners plunge into the 57-degree ocean at noon Friday to signify the "unlocking" of the resort's beaches, they'll be hoping the world is watching. Jersey Shore towns are seeking the attention more this holiday weekend than ever in the history of the decades-old event, repeated up and down the coast annually to signify the unofficial start of the lucrative summer tourist season. The message is loud and clear: The beaches are fine.