Hurricane Bertha Forms, No Landfall Expected

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“Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn’t expected to be a threat to land,” AP reports. “The second hurricane of the Atlantic season had maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph) with little change expected in the next 24 hours. It was forecast to start weakening Tuesday.”

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One of Us: Cecily Tynan

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

My name is … Cecily Tynan. I had a Great-Uncle Cecil in England, and they just added the “y.” My parents actually thought they invented the name, but I’ve met some other Cecilys since, including some named after me, which is very flattering.

I am a … perfectionist.

My standard Wawa order … is a turkey Shorti, wheat.

When I turned 45 this year … I felt better than I did when I was 25.

I live in … a stone house with a pool and a lot of woods for our three dogs to run.

Before I go on TV each night, I always … check my teeth. I like to eat spinach salads and pistachios, and let’s just say those aren’t good things to eat right before you go on the air.

On Sunday mornings … I love to cook bacon and eggs for my family, but I have to ration the bacon. My kids are big bacon eaters.

I am perpetually … 10 minutes late. But never for newscasts.

Each summer, I love to … water-ski. Slalom waterskiing is my new obsession. I am really sore every Monday morning in the summer.

If I weren’t doing this … I would probably be working at an animal shelter. I’m tempted to buy a big farm so I can adopt more, but I don’t think my husband is going to let that happen.

My worst subject in high school was … geometry. I still have nightmares about it.

I shouldn’t tell you this about Jim Gardner, but … he can sing most Broadway show tunes.

The first album I ever bought … was Bryan Adams. The one with “Summer of ’69” on it.

I drive … a Lexus SUV with close to 220,000 miles on it. I’m very practical.

One food I love to eat but shouldn’t … is I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! spray. I have to say, I like it on everything. I consider it liquid gold.

My workout routine … is a mix of running, boot-camp class and boxing.

I love buying … clothes for my kids at the Target across the street from the studio. My son likes anything Shaun White, and my daughter likes anything Hello Kitty. I buy a pound of coffee and a cart full of clothes.

My secret talent … is that I can write pretty well in cursive with my toes. But I have really horrible feet, because I went from ballet dancing to running. I have E.T. toes.

The farthest I’ve ever run … is 50k, 31 miles. It was years ago in Maryland, my first and only ultra. I won it because it was two loops, and after the first loop, all the other women kept going, but I stopped and had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Gatorade. Well, all the women in front of me bonked, and the peanut butter won the race.

The truth about predicting the weather … is that we are right most of the time. People say, “If I could be wrong 90 percent of the time and still have my job, I would love that.” But the truth is that we are almost always right.

Originally published in the August 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Strong Thunderstorms Likely to Hit Philadelphia Area Again

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.

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Thunderstorms Likely in Philadelphia Area Tonight

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The National Weather Service is reporting a high chance of rain tonight, with the region in a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 p.m.

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.

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Strong Storms Knock Out Power to Hundreds of Thousands

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.

PECO says 75,000 customers are still without power, down from a high of 204,000 around midnight.

It’ll take crews until the end of the week to restore power to all customers. Things could be worse: In Northwest Pennsylvania, tornado sightings were reported in Mercer County.

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10 Commandments of Riding SEPTA in a Heat Wave

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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:

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Will Hurricane Arthur Ruin Independence Day?

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.

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First Named Storm of Season Could Bring Rain to Philadelphia

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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.

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