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February 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Andrew Maykuth, and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the region hunkers down for yet another fierce storm, Peco has a message for customers: We are ready. Some of those who felt the utility was less than prepared for last week's storm may be glad to hear that the company has 4,200 workers standing by for response and restoration Thursday, 1,200 more than it did a week ago. Still, this coastal nor'easter could be the most dramatic event yet in an already wild season. The National Weather Service posted a winter-storm warning for the entire region, saying six to 14 inches of snow would fall heavily early Thursday, then mix with sleet and rain, and change back to snow before ending Thursday night.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MILE AFTER MILE they run in local gyms, going nowhere on the treadmill, staring blankly at a television, unable to outrun the icy doom we've come to call the winter of 2013-14. And on that television, there's either a meteorologist pointing to some nightmarish vortex swirling around us, a reporter standing in a bread aisle as barren as our souls or a governor dishing out the latest state of emergency. All the harbingers of spring - the Phillies' home opener, the yoga pants and bare midriffs in Fairmount Park, or even 50 degrees - seem so far away now, an oasis clouded by a haze of rock-salt grime no amount of windshield-wiper fluid can clear.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you couldn't get to Atlanta from Philadelphia on Wednesday, there's little chance you will get there by air on Thursday. Ditto for Charlotte, N.C. With an impending ice-and-snow storm moving up the eastern seaboard from the Southeast, thousands of flights were canceled for Thursday in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, New York City, and Boston. In anticipation of severe weather, US Airways canceled more than 900 flights out of 3,100 systemwide Wednesday, giving passengers an opportunity to rebook, said airline spokeswoman Michelle Mohr.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Delaware County, some townships are waiting for road-salt deliveries that were supposed to arrive weeks ago. Officials in Northampton, Bucks County, paid a trucking company to bring in salt from a neighboring town rather than risk a late delivery. And in Chester County, where 12 municipalities face a critical salt shortage, the deputy director for emergency management, Robert Kagel, said the state Department of Transportation told him to "be creative. " After back-to-back snowfalls and a catastrophic ice storm that froze roads, downed power lines, and paralyzed the region last week, officials and residents are facing new challenges as they brace for another fierce storm that is expected to start just before midnight Wednesday.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
The storm was a virtual fantasy, the first flakes a good 60 hours or more away. Yet just before daybreak Monday, the National Weather Service did something highly unusual. It predicted a snow total for a storm almost three days away. Blame "Weather Boy"? As the Philadelphia region endures its 10th-snowiest season on record, forecasters find themselves battling not just snow and ice, but social media minions. In the era of viral tweets and posts, storms can become legends before their times.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody pines for a disastrous storm, but this winter, business has been coming out of the woodwork for tree specialists. The broken limbs and falling trees that resulted from last week's ice storm meant stress and holes in the roof for some. But to others it has been a moneymaker. Tree removal companies have been getting a lot of calls and a lot of business. "I've been doing this 42 years, and it's never been worse - or better for me, anyway," said Rick Crecraft of Crecraft for Tree Craft in Wayne.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2011, Peco Energy Co. received plaudits from regulators and industry evaluators for its response to Hurricane Irene, when it restored power to 99 percent of the 511,000 customers who lost power within 72 hours of the storm. Three years later, the Philadelphia utility will be unable to match that recovery rate after Wednesday's severe ice storm, which knocked out service to 715,000 people. More than 180,000 of Peco's 1.6 million customers remained without service three days after the storm.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | BY ASHLEY KUHN and DIANA DAVID, Daily News Staff Writers kuhna@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
SOUTHEASTERN Pennsylvania is likely to face more snow today and tomorrow night - but the flakes will be considerably less damning than the week's snow and ice storms that downed trees and left much of the region in the dark. Less than a half-inch of accumulation is expected this weekend, the National Weather Service predicted yesterday. But despite the relief that another monster storm isn't likely to strike this weekend, thousands in the region were still feeling the effects of this week's storms.
NEWS
February 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One was an 84-year-old woman enduring her first crisis as a widow. Another was a 79-year-old diabetic whose feet had begun to ache. A third was a 94-year-old man who lives by himself. The three did not know each other. But on Wednesday night they found themselves at the same shelter in Exton, sitting at different tables in a drafty cafeteria, wondering when they could go home. When the trees fall, the wires snap, and the lights go out, everyone's life is disrupted. But the elderly who live alone become particularly vulnerable.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Howard Herman, For The Inquirer
AMHERST, Mass. - Facing the aftermath of a major New England winter storm and a Massachusetts basketball team that had lost three of its last four games, the La Salle Explorers entered the Mullins Center with a bit of trepidation. The storm wasn't an issue. The Minutemen were a different story. Five UMass players scored in double figures Wednesday night in a 79-67 Atlantic Ten victory over the Explorers. "I thought UMass really frustrated us in the first half by beating us to a ton of loose balls and rebounds," La Salle coach John Giannini said.
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