Because blistering temperatures that prompt excessive heat warnings and severe, wake-you-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night thunderstorms weren’t bad enough this week, Mother Nature is bringing additional flash floods and heavy storms our way today.
So heavy, in fact, that Mayor Jim Kenney released a warning urging residents and those in town for the Democratic National Convention to take caution this afternoon. Read more »
Proceed 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.”
Full report after the jump »
Here’s a photo of a water rescue at 21st and South in front of the Ten Stone Bar taken from the Beauty Shop Cafe’s Twitter feed last night. A water main break at 21st and Bainbridge knocked out water for much of Center City and South Philadelphia, forcing bars and restaurants to close early and leading to a huge clean-up this morning. In the bar and restaurant world it looked like Ten Stone, LaVa coffee shop and Roberto Cafe were hit the hardest.
For more photos of the break check out Naked Philly which has tons of shots from last night and this morning.
UPDATE: LaVa is open for business today.
Water Main Break at 21st and Bainbridge Means Wet, Then Dry Times for the Neighborhood [Naked Philly]