July 24, 1995 |
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.
May 30, 1989 |
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.
January 14, 1993 |
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.
June 23, 1989 |
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.
July 6, 1990 |
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.
April 21, 1986 |
"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.
August 13, 1989 |
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.
November 5, 1997 |
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.
February 2, 1996 |
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)
March 24, 2011 |
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.