Mayor Nutter Defends Closing the City Today

It might not have snowed all that much, but Mayor Nutter still wore his elected-official-in-extreme-weather uniform Tuesday.

It might not have snowed all that much, but Mayor Nutter still wore his elected-official-in-extreme-weather uniform Tuesday.

Mayor Nutter is defending the city’s decision to shut down the government Tuesday.

Philadelphia only ended up getting a couple inches of snow, despite predictions that a historic blizzard was upon us. At a press conference Tuesday morning, Nutter said officials made the decision to shut down the city government and schools late Monday night, when forecasters were still calling for six to 10 inches of snow in Philly.

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Tom Wolf Does Weather Channel Interview From His Jeep

It's a Jeep thing. You wouldn't understand. | Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It’s a Jeep thing. You wouldn’t understand. Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Gov. Wolf was on the Weather Channel Monday morning talking about the Big Snow coming to the East Coast.

He did the interview with AMHQ‘s Sam Champion by phone from — where else? — his Jeep. This thing is really not going away, huh?

“I’m driving on Route 83 right now in my Jeep,” said Wolf while discussing the effectiveness of PennDOT’s preparations. “I think it’s important that everybody feel comfortable that we’re doing everything possible to make sure that we’re prepared.”

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Roads, Bridges, SEPTA, and Sidewalks Are a Complete Mess Today

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This morning’s freezing rain is wreaking havoc on the area’s roadways. Major portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike are closed or at a standstill, and all bridges between Pennsylvania and New Jersey have been affected by flash icing, with some remaining closed as crews apply salt.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, here’s where things stand:

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Report: Superstorm Sandy Second-Costliest Weather Event Since 1970

Yes, still. Compared to the absolute destruction on many North Jersey beaches, where homes are still empty and entire blocks have been bulldozed, our South Jersey shores fared relatively well (and I say relatively because some people here lost everything). Still, climate change isn't going away, and neither are issues of flood zones and flood insurance, nor the debate of whether or not our barrier island beach towns will be here for the long haul, and what we can do to protect them (i.e. dunes — the Margate resistance to dunes should continue to be nasty). We'll hit the two-year anniversary in October, but expect this to be affecting policy for a long time. I still hear people talking about the Storm of '62. Sandy will be on our lips more than 50 years from now, too.

According to a new report published by the World Meteorological Organization, the $50 billion in economic damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina’s nearly $147 billion among the costliest weather events since 1970. Storms in the U.S. took five of the top 10 slots (above), while the events with the most fatalities tended to occur in less-developed countries.

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Flash Flood Watch Through Late Tonight in Philly, Surrounding Counties, Tri-State Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 4.14.04 PMProceed with caution as you make your way home this evening, as the National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a flash flood watch in Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Northern Delaware (full list of affected areas below) through late tonight.

“Variable rainfall overnight between one half and 2.5 inches in a large portion of the watch area along with flooding in Southeastern Pennsylvania and far Northwest New Jersey this morning has set the stage for the potential for new flooding,” says the NWS.

“The flash flood threat in Eastern Pennsylvania and far Northern Delaware is mostly this afternoon and evening while in New Jersey the primary risk for flash flooding is between 3 p.m. and midnight”

How to proceed? “Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground,” advised the NWS about an earlier flood advisory.

About the flash flood watch, it adds, “conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.”

Be alert.

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Golf Ball-Sized Hail Falls in Pennsylvania

Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph posted this photo to his Facebook page of incredibly large hail in reading. Enjoy your evening commute, everyone!

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Schuylkill River, Areal Flood Warnings in Effect

Heads up: It’s extremely wet out there, with no signs of letting up.

The Weather Channel has issued a river flood warning for the Schuylkill River through Friday morning:

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER AT PHILADELPHIA. * UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING… OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. * AT 5:31 PM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 10.2 FEET. * FLOOD STAGE IS 11.0 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FORECAST… RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 12.9 FEET BY TOMORROW MORNING. THE RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. * IMPACT… AT 13.0 FEET… MAIN STREET IN MANAYUNK IS CLOSED FROM RIDGE AVENUE TO LEVERINGTON STREET.

As a result, Lincoln, Kelly and MLK are all experiencing closures due to flooding:

The Philadelphia Police Department has issued a weather advisory:

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In Philadelphia, It’s the Worst Winter for Potholes — Ever

Utility trench or Pothole at 18th and walnut rittenhouse

On the heels of yesterdays’ news of our snowiest half-decade ever, there’s an interesting fact in this story by PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher: The Philadelphia Streets Department has filled more potholes this winter than any one in history. Like, probably dating back to 1682 or something.

“It’s been an unusually tough winter, and with potholes being repaired at a record pace an increased investment in paving is being made in this capital budget,” said Andrew Stober, chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.

The Streets Department has already repaired more than 12,200 potholes.

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