Poncho Personalized Weather Alerts Come to Philadelphia

Bye, Sheena Parveen. Hello … Poncho?

Philadelphians may no longer need to watch the morning and evening newscasts for the weather report. Nor, for that matter, check their weather apps ever again.

This is not to say these services will become obsolete (Cecily, Sheena, Hurricane, Wunderground and the like will always have a place in our hearts), but their impersonal approaches have a challenger in Poncho, a new weather service arriving in Philadelphia (and all of Pennsylvania) today. Read more »

CBS3’s Kate Bilo Interrupts Big Brother With a Tornado Warning, Big Brother Viewers Get Mad

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 »

Tornado Warnings Issued Across Southeast Pennsylvania

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 »

Storm Effects Disrupt Morning Rush

Pictures by Victor Fiorillo.

Pictures by Victor Fiorillo.

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.

Similarly, PSE&G estimates more than 45,000 customers are without power in South Jersey. Read more »

SEPTA Service Is Revived With Delays

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Photo | Patrick Kerkstra

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:

[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 »

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