How hot is it? The whole temperature map is red:
Here's the latest heat index forecast for today! Going to get close to 100 for many spots. Take it easy today. pic.twitter.com/8vGUG3Lpf6
— Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) July 29, 2015
CBS3’s Kate Bilo did what TV meteorologists do on Thursday night: When the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for her viewing area, she went on the air to warn viewers.
Unfortunately for Bilo, she did so right during the middle of Big Brother, the CBS reality show, and while tornadoes can sometimes be a matter of life or death, well, Big Brother is really important. Read more »
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) June 30, 2015
Severe thunderstorms are hitting the area, and tornado warnings have even been issued in the region.
NBC 10 reports: “The National Weather Service issued earlier tornado warnings for parts of Berks, Chester, Delaware Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties that expired but not before reports of possible funnel clouds in the areas of Trexlertown, Morgantown and Parkesburg in Pennsylvania and also reports of large hail — more than 1 inch in diameter — in Lehigh County and near the Main Line.” Read more »
Good morning. Your commute may be interfered with by service disruptions caused by last night’s severe storms. Here is what we know:
• PATCO service remains suspended. “PATCO remains without power from Tuesday evening’s storm and PSE&G has advised electricity will not be restored until at least after mid-morning on Wednesday, 6/24. Crews are working hard to restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”
• So are some SEPTA regional rail lines: Paoli/Thorndale is suspended between Thorndale and Malvern, though service remains between Malvern and Center City. Service remains suspended on the Fox Chase and Media/Elwyn lines. The Norristown High Speed Line has service to Radnor Station only. For updates on all routes, check SEPTA’s system status.
• PECO is reporting widespread outages, still: At least 50,000 customers in both Chester and Delaware counties, as well as at least 1,000 customers each in Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York counties.
Update 9 p.m. SEPTA reports: “RRD: All regional rail service is operating with delays of up to 2 hours due to severe weather conditions and power problems.”
[Update 7:34 p.m.] The storm has also knocked out power throughout the region, and created a bunch of messes all over the place:
— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) June 23, 2015
OK, I stand corrected. Looks like 550K+ without power in the region. Numbers keep trending up.
— Gary Szatkowski (@GarySzatkowski) June 23, 2015
Ground stop has been lifted, but departure delays are averaging 1 hr 45 min and arrivals delays are averaging 1 hr 53 min. Contact airline.
— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) June 23, 2015
Best blackout Happy Hour in Jersey! pic.twitter.com/tmuCZZRRx3
— OsteriaJersey (@OsteriaJersey) June 23, 2015
— jp ♔ (@JP_Landolfi) June 23, 2015
— katie (@katerzina) June 23, 2015
There are houses missing siding, uprooted trees, blocked off roads and debris everywhere in Sewell, Glassboro and Pitman
— Chris Sowers (@chris_sowers) June 23, 2015
— matt hurchick (@hurchick) June 23, 2015
[Original] Tonight’s severe thunderstorm has made a mess of the evening commute.
To wit: Service across SEPTA’s regional rail network has been pretty much knocked out. The Airport, Chestnut Hill East, Chestnut Hill West, Cynwyd, Fox Chase, Glenside Combined, Lansdale/Doylestown, Media/Elwyn, Manayunk/Norristown, Trenton, Warminster, Wilmington/Newark, and West Trenton are all suspended until further notice. (Emphasis ours.) You can use SEPTA’s website to find alternate service.
PATCO was also having problems: Read more »
Prepare yourselves: It’s shaping up to be a uniquely wacky weather day in Philly — and kind of dangerous to boot. Read more »
Too cool for school? Not today.
Philadelphia public schools will close at noon today because of the heat, district officials announced this morning. The temperature at 10 a.m. was 85 degrees in Center City, with a predicted high of 94 degrees. A heat advisory was scheduled to go into effect at noon. Read more »