Last night, strong thunderstorms rocked the Philadelphia area, even going so far as to interrupt The Bachelorette for weather alerts. (Philadelphia missed portions of Andi’s hometown dates!)
Well, more storms could be headed this way: The National Weather Service says thunderstorms could come as early as this afternoon. A flash flood watch is in effect until late tonight.
Strong storms have already developed in Central Pennsylvania. In addition to an 80 percent chance of rain Monday, the NWS also forecasts a 70 percent chance of rain on Tuesday night. A flash flood watch (details below) has been issued for Philadelphia and surrounding counties through Tuesday evening.
Violent storms whipped through the Philadelphia area last night, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. Winds gusted as high as 60 miles an hour.
When Martha and the Vandellas sang, “It’s like a heatwave, burning in my heart,” they weren’t talking about Philadelphia in July. In Philadelphia, the heat waves tend to burn every where except our hearts: On the sidewalks, on our skin and in the crowded public corridors of city living. Nowhere is this more evident than on public transit. Frequent commuters know that the rules of riding SEPTA are often unspoken, but they hang in the air even when the humidity level drops below 98 percent. These rules, like our affection for the Phillies, change seasonally. (For the winter dos and don’ts, click here.)
Here, a rundown of how to keep your commute peaceful and, hopefully, just a little bit less gross:
Just as we published this story about Tropical Storm Arthur ruining July 4th plans, Reuters comes out with new information:
Tropical Storm Arthur was expected to reach hurricane strength by Thursday, dousing some July Fourth holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.
[Original] AccuWeather says Tropical Storm Arthur could, um, dampen July 4 parties in Philadelphia, but there’s still time for the storm to turn away and leave us in our current state of heat-induced rage instead.
On Tuesday Tropical Storm Arthur became the first named storm to form in the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, and it’s headed up the East Coast.
Fortunately, Arthur is expected to stay out to sea. But, especially if it’s closer to the western edge of that possible track in the model, it could bring a lot of rain. Here’s the main issue with our region: Arthur is expected to become a hurricane at 8 a.m. on Friday off the coast of North Carolina. Your three-day holiday weekend might get rained on a bit.
Whew! What a storm last night, eh? I wouldn’t know — I live in an apartment that looks out onto two alleyways and slept right through everything — but apparently it was quite strong. Lightning struck several homes in the area and exploded a home’s chimney in Doylestown.
Firefighters also say a lightning strike may have ignited an abandoned home in Highland Township that took two fire companies an hour to get under control. In some areas, quarter-size hail fell during the storm, complicating things for people fighting fires.
CBS Philly says there’s a heat advisory out for Philadelphia and Camden today:
“The excessive heat poses a public health risk that can be deadly to residents if they do not take the proper precautions,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services in a statement. “At this time we all need to pitch in to make sure no is overexposed to this heat wave. This means, as a community, we need to ensure everyone has access to cool areas and are properly hydrated.”
Officials say those most at risk in extreme heat are older people, those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, individuals taking certain regular medications, those with mental illnesses, pregnant women, small children, those who work in a high heat environment, and anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity.