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


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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Lightning Strikes Suspected in Several Philly-Area Fires Overnight

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.

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Heat Advisory in Effect Today


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.

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Here Comes the Rain Again


The National Weather Service reports: “Area of heavy rain moving through NE MD, Northern Delaware, and SE PA through the morning commute. Rainfall rates exceeding an inch an hour are possible causing reduced visibilities and ponding on road surfaces. Areas of dense fog are also occurring in and around the Philadelphia metro area. Please use extra caution while traveling this morning.”

Golf Ball-Sized Hail Falls in Pennsylvania

Action News meteorologist Adam Joseph posted this photo to his Facebook page of incredibly large hail in reading. Enjoy your evening commute, everyone!

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Severe Thunderstorms Could Hit Area Today


The National Weather Service at Mount Holly reports: “Please stay weather aware today as much of our region is under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms today (area in yellow). If any additional storms develop this afternoon through early this evening, we could see damaging winds and small hail (we have chances for thunderstorms through the day and tonight, but the main period of concern for severe thunderstorms is this afternoon into early this evening).”

How Does Philly’s Trolley-Disrupting Sinkhole Compare With This Week’s Other Famous Sinkholes?

The mid-Atlantic got soaked with rain this week, making sinkholes, sinkholes everywhere! How does Philly stack up with some of the region’s other famous sinkholes?

Here’s the four-foot monster that disrupted SEPTA trolley traffic today:

That’s big! However….

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