October 26, 2015 | By Clem Murray, Inquirer Staff Photographer
Inquirer staff photographer Clem Murray, on vacation at a Mexican resort, suddenly found himself and a companion in the path of Hurricane Patricia. Without time to evacuate, they hoped for the best. We left our room a little after 2 p.m. Friday and were escorted about 100 yards to the back of our resort, the Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, to an immense concrete building that looked like a parking garage, rising five levels. The building indeed housed cars but was also home to numerous departments of the Vidanta Resorts, including the executive offices, accounting, telemarketing and one level for the maintenance department.
October 10, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The serious bruising that recent storms have inflicted on New Jersey serves as a strong reminder that the state still hasn't fully applied the lessons it should have learned from Superstorm Sandy. The state's densely populated Shore area, long threatened by rising sea levels, is especially at risk when water is whipped up by fierce winds. Yet state officials continue to drag their feet in implementing an immediate strategy to get residents out of harm's way and a long-term plan to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gases.
October 7, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
AVALON, N.J. - Despite the sunny sky on Tuesday - a contrast to the dismal weather brought by a weekend nor'easter that chewed up beaches and pulled tons of sand offshore - the surf along the Ninth Street beach here remained kicked up as a crew of coastal geologists began assessing the damage from the storm. "This is really the best time to be out here," said Crist Robine, chief sedimentologist and geoscience specialist at the Stockton University Coastal Research Center in Galloway Township.
October 6, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - While officials in New Jersey barrier island towns began tallying erosion losses Monday after a weekend nor'easter of roiling surf and gusting winds that chewed away at the beachfront, comparisons were quick to be made to the last notorious storm - Sandy, in 2012. But Stewart Farrell, an expert in coastal geology and director and founder of Stockton University's Coastal Research Center, said this nor'easter's duration - and ultimate displacement of hundreds of thousands of tons of sand up and down the coast - were more like those of a 1962 storm that has long been a benchmark for Jersey Shore weather.
October 5, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. - After the tide hit its highest Saturday afternoon, bay water lapped at the house Anthony Bencivengo has lived in for 17 years. He is accustomed to flooding on Old North Wildwood Boulevard, but the 3 or 4 inches of water that filled his first floor were unusually steep. "As long as the house is still standing, it's OK," Bencivengo, 36, said. From his front porch, he could spot the remnants of a neighbor's house, where some pieces floated and came to rest after the house collapsed into the bay. "Every one of us," he said, "worries about it every year.
October 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NFL is monitoring Hurricane Joaquin's projected path and investigating scheduling contingencies in case the Eagles-Redskins game on Sunday needs to be moved from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The league said Thursday in a statement that "there is no change in the schedule for the game at this point. " It's scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. One option being discussed is moving the game to Detroit, according to the NFL Network. Detroit has been used in the past when games could not be played in a team's home venue.
September 29, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
In its century-plus history of baking in the Italian Market, Isgro Pastries had never received an order quite like this. It came Wednesday through a friend and neighbor of third-generation owner Gus Sarno on behalf of someone who preferred not to be identified. It was for a cake. A very big cake. And it was to be served at Archbishop Charles Chaput's 71st birthday celebration with a "very special guest. " And, oh, yes, it had to be done in just two days - when the Secret Service would come by to pick it up. And it was totally confidential.
September 23, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's energy utilities say they do not expect unusually high loads on their distribution networks during the pope's visit. It's the unanticipated events that have them concerned. Unlike cellphone carriers, which expect the assemblage of more than a million people to add epic demand to the Center City wireless system, electricity and gas utilities say most of the multitude adds little demand for air-conditioning or heat that might stress systems to the limit. But the volume of pedestrians, and restricted vehicular movement inside the 31/2-square-mile "traffic box," will create massive challenges for the utilities to respond to any emergencies that might occur during the pope's visit.
September 13, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I was straightening up the basement the other day and was looking at the canned food stored on a shelf near the freezer, intended to get us through the first few days of a natural disaster. My thoughts turned to hurricane season, which began in June and is typically worrisome in the mid-Atlantic region starting in late August on through early November. We have not needed that food since we stored it there just after Hurricane Irene in August 2011, which struck as a tropical storm a few hours after we had arrived after an all-night drive from Maine.
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