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July 24, 1995 | By Michael Klein and Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A chain-reaction crash involving 26 vehicles shut down a two-mile stretch of Interstate 95 through Northeast Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, jamming traffic for nearly three hours as the highway was cleared and victims were taken to hospitals. Motorists blamed the 3:15 p.m. crash in the northbound lanes on a sudden and intense thundershower. Nine people were hospitalized, though none suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Investigators said the pileup was actually seven crashes triggered when the rain and fog prompted some motorists to brake suddenly and others to swerve to avoid them - all within a one-eighth-mile stretch of highway.
NEWS
May 30, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities have called off the search for a boater who disappeared after a violent storm on Saturday overturned the 17-foot Boston Whaler he was on and cast him into Delaware Bay, the Coast Guard said yesterday. No sign was found of Robert McLaughlin, 42, who was apparently clad in a yellow rain slicker, after nearly eight hours of searching, said Jay Hart, spokesman for the Coast Guard. The hunt was called off at dusk Saturday pending further developments. No sighting of McLaughlin, of Wyoming, Del., was reported Sunday or yesterday as weather improved and boaters again crowded the same area of the bay, about six miles from Cape Henlopen.
NEWS
January 14, 1993 | Daily News wire services
RIEGEM, GERMANY 2 FEARED LOST AS FERRY CAPSIZES A Polish ferry capsized and sank in a violent storm in the Baltic Sea today, and German television said 52 people were believed dead. Fourteen people were saved, according to rescue workers. Earlier reports had placed the death toll at no more than 35 from the 60 people aboard the Polish ferry, which sank between Poland and Sweden. A storm packing winds of 90 mph raging across the Baltic apparently capsized the ferry.
NEWS
June 23, 1989 | By David McClendon, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Eleena M. de Lisser and the Associated Press contributed to this report
Heavy thunderstorms hit Southeastern Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon, spawning flash floods that stranded commuters and led to the drowning of a disabled woman, authorities said. The storms also knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers of Philadelphia Electric Co., but all service was restored during the night, a company spokesman said. A young woman with cerebral palsy died in the basement of her home in Holland, Bucks County, when the sudden rain flooded the area, police said.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | By Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writer
Violent hailstorms battered the grounded and the airborne yesterday, tearing off the nose of an Eastern Airlines jet, cracking its windshield, smashing its turbine engine blades, and forcing it to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. Nobody was hurt in the high-altitude bashing of the Newark-to-Atlanta DC-9, although many of its 42 passengers and five crew members were badly shaken. Passengers reported that the roar of hailstones the size of baseballs battering the jet drowned out everything except the screams of terrified travelers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1986 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
"The Diviners," a play by Jim Leonard Jr. Directed by Ken Marini, set by James F. Pyne Jr., lighting by Joe Ragey, costumes by Lynn Fox, sound by Jeff Chestek. Presented by the People's Light and Theatre Co. at 39 Conestoga Rd. (Route 401), Malvern, Pa., through May 4. The technical staff of People's Light certainly has worked overtime on this one. Take the boardwalk at Atlantic City and introduce it to a tornado in full blow, and you may get something that resembles Jim Pyne's set. It is made up of two precariously swooping boardwalks joined by a sort of a bridge.
SPORTS
August 13, 1989 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
To Mike Reid's way of thinking, it's not nice to fool with the Man Upstairs. So when lightning started crackling around the Kemper Lakes Golf Club yesterday, Reid felt it prudent to be as cautious as possible. "You have to be careful," he said yesterday, "because when He wants to play through, you let Him. " Lightning, which has struck seven golfers on Chicago-area courses in recent days, forced the suspension of yesterday's third round of the PGA Championship with 39 players having yet to complete their rounds.
NEWS
November 5, 1997 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
In his beige knit sweater, white turtleneck and gray flannel pants, Richard Bernard Thomas looks like a character out of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. " Like the children's television star, Thomas seems mild-mannered, almost grandfatherly. He smiled at the jurors who decided his fate and winked at his estranged wife from across a crowded courtroom. But this seemingly quiet house painter who liked to spend free time shopping for tools at Sears haunted some of Philadelphia's most seasoned cops for 27 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1996 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Dead Sailors Society, Floating Dead Poets Society, Dead Poets at Sea, Deck Poets Society, Poop Deck Society . . . The comparisons are as obvious as a two-masted brigantine silhouetted against clear horizons, and as inevitable as a killer storm in a movie with the title White Squall. Directed by Ridley Scott from a heavy-on-the-male-bonding screenplay by Todd Robinson, White Squall is, despite all the similarities, actually a much better movie than Dead Poets Society. For one thing, it doesn't have Robin Williams in it. For another, its pivotal event is defined not by contrived melodrama (a teen suicide)
NEWS
March 24, 2011 | By Moriah Balingit and Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The National Weather Service won't determine until today whether a violent storm that smashed into Westmoreland County contained a tornado, but for those who rode it out Wednesday, there was no doubt. Greg Kurtiak, who lives on Millersville Road in Hempfield, was in his detached garage with his daughter, Taylor, on Wednesday afternoon when hail began to fall. He looked outside and noticed the wind picking up, tossing debris above his head. Suddenly, he said, a funnel cloud developed above a ridge.
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June 26, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Work to restore power to thousands of South Jersey residents could stretch into Friday and the weekend, following the violent storm Tuesday evening that uprooted trees, knocked out cellphone service, halted PATCO trains, and tore off part of a convent's roof. The storm - which brought straight-line winds that were powerful enough to match the strength of an EF-0, or low-grade, tornado - cut power to more than 400,000 PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers across South Jersey. As of late Wednesday, about half of them had power restored.
NEWS
July 3, 2012 | By Darran Simon and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
A day after a storm walloped many South Jersey beach towns, leaving businesses and homes without electricity and the comfort of air conditioning amid a heat wave, the lunchtime rush on Sunday at Sub-ology, a Ventnor restaurant hoping to hit it big in its first summer season, was just a trickle. The place was empty, save for Michael Simon's five employees and a man doing repair work. "A day like today is devastating. At 1:10 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, they should be lined up out the door," said Simon, who grew up across the street from his business and opened it in September.
SPORTS
June 26, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Its members may have had a few justifiable jitters over hosting the AT&T National for the first time last year, but Aronimink Golf Club drew near-unanimous rave reviews from players, PGA Tour officials, and the national voices of CBS broadcasters for its course. With the event returning this week to Aronimink to complete its brief two-year run in the Philadelphia area, certainly you'd think the Tour would suggest a change here, a tweak there, to club officials while looking to make the event even better.
NEWS
March 24, 2011 | By Moriah Balingit and Jonathan D. Silver, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The National Weather Service won't determine until today whether a violent storm that smashed into Westmoreland County contained a tornado, but for those who rode it out Wednesday, there was no doubt. Greg Kurtiak, who lives on Millersville Road in Hempfield, was in his detached garage with his daughter, Taylor, on Wednesday afternoon when hail began to fall. He looked outside and noticed the wind picking up, tossing debris above his head. Suddenly, he said, a funnel cloud developed above a ridge.
NEWS
June 24, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wicked winds, swirling rain, dangerous lightning and damaging hail ripped through Citizens Bank Park with two outs in the eighth inning Thursday, making life miserable for Mike Boekholder and his grounds crew. After umpire crew chief Gerry Davis signaled for play between the Cleveland Indians and Phillies to stop, Boekholder and the rest of the Phillies' grounds crew rushed onto the field as fans scrambled for the safety of the ballpark corridors. Boekholder said he had prepared for the worst by calling in extra help.
NEWS
November 5, 1997 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
In his beige knit sweater, white turtleneck and gray flannel pants, Richard Bernard Thomas looks like a character out of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. " Like the children's television star, Thomas seems mild-mannered, almost grandfatherly. He smiled at the jurors who decided his fate and winked at his estranged wife from across a crowded courtroom. But this seemingly quiet house painter who liked to spend free time shopping for tools at Sears haunted some of Philadelphia's most seasoned cops for 27 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1996 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Dead Sailors Society, Floating Dead Poets Society, Dead Poets at Sea, Deck Poets Society, Poop Deck Society . . . The comparisons are as obvious as a two-masted brigantine silhouetted against clear horizons, and as inevitable as a killer storm in a movie with the title White Squall. Directed by Ridley Scott from a heavy-on-the-male-bonding screenplay by Todd Robinson, White Squall is, despite all the similarities, actually a much better movie than Dead Poets Society. For one thing, it doesn't have Robin Williams in it. For another, its pivotal event is defined not by contrived melodrama (a teen suicide)
NEWS
July 24, 1995 | By Michael Klein and Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A chain-reaction crash involving 26 vehicles shut down a two-mile stretch of Interstate 95 through Northeast Philadelphia yesterday afternoon, jamming traffic for nearly three hours as the highway was cleared and victims were taken to hospitals. Motorists blamed the 3:15 p.m. crash in the northbound lanes on a sudden and intense thundershower. Nine people were hospitalized, though none suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Investigators said the pileup was actually seven crashes triggered when the rain and fog prompted some motorists to brake suddenly and others to swerve to avoid them - all within a one-eighth-mile stretch of highway.
NEWS
January 14, 1993 | Daily News wire services
RIEGEM, GERMANY 2 FEARED LOST AS FERRY CAPSIZES A Polish ferry capsized and sank in a violent storm in the Baltic Sea today, and German television said 52 people were believed dead. Fourteen people were saved, according to rescue workers. Earlier reports had placed the death toll at no more than 35 from the 60 people aboard the Polish ferry, which sank between Poland and Sweden. A storm packing winds of 90 mph raging across the Baltic apparently capsized the ferry.
NEWS
August 4, 1991 | By Sydney Trent and John W. Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writers
A heavy thunderstorm accompanied by high winds roared through the area last night, forcing the closure of a portion of the Blue Route near Conshohocken, felling trees and triggering power outages throughout the region. Montgomery County was hardest hit, with unconfirmed reports of tornadoes in Springfield and Whitemarsh Townships. The storm started west of the Susquehanna Valley around 7 p.m., then quickly spread through Chester County, southern Montgomery County and Philadelphia.
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