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nbc 10 first alert weather breaking news. >> power crews are working around the clock to get the power back on hundreds of thousands of people in our area. at first light, many people will be clearing trees from their homes and cars. nbc 10 is driving county by county this morning, surveying the damage. last night's storms will also impact the morning commute. here's a live look at the ben franklin bridge where the patco rails are shut down and we're checking on problems that septa is dealing with this morning. good morning, this is nbc 10 news today. i'm rosemary connors. >> i'm vai sikahema. the weather has quieted down a little bit. many people are feeling the impacts of the damaging winds. live first alert team coverage checking on the damage and
tracking the storm's impact on the morning commute. we begin with first alert traffic reporter jessica boyington who's tracking a lot of problems out there this morning. jessica? >> what we're dealing with is a lot of downed trees and different things throughout the area causing road blockages out in cherry hill green tree road and spring dale road around 70 eastbound, there's a down tree there. we're down to 35 miles per hour on the new jersey turnpike in both directions. that's from runnemede around exit 3 up toward the delaware memorial bridge. more updates in philadelphia and the surrounding areas to come. we wanted to find out what you're dealing with if you usually take mass transit. >> we know that will be an issue. we sent nbc 10's katy zachry to the patco station in haddonfield. it looks like some folks never made it back to that station last night. tell us about it. >> reporter: yes, rosemary and vai. we're seeing bicycles left at the patco station at haddonfield, presumably from
riders who could not make it back to haddonfield, their destination last night because service was interrupted during the evening commute as the storms rolled through. we do have video from the damage -- of the damage caused by last night's weather. it caused considerable damage to this area trees fell over wires down mass transit was affected, as i said during the morning rush. that interruption for patco has lasted through this morning. service is suspend on the entire patco line through the morning commute. we're told there are power crews who are working on restoring the power. we were told it should have been restored just after the midnight hour. i've been trying to get in touch with the patco spokesperson who can confirm that for me. cell service is so tough in this area because of that power outage. we are having trouble contacting patco spokespeople to find out if power was in fact restored and they are on track for restoring service to the patco line. one of the benefits is where i'm standing, it doubles as the new
fortunately, this morning, because of the service interruption to patco, new jersey transit is cross honoring the patco freedom pass. riders who typically hop on patco, they can come to the station, haddonfield, and hop on new jersey transit buses. the first bus to depart here happens at 6:30. i would bet that will be pushed up a few hours considering the service interruption. i have calls into new jersey transit to get that information and i'll have that for you coming up in the next half hour when the first buses will leave from this station. reporting live in haddonfield, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. here are the latest power outage numbers across the region. there are fewer outages than we saw 30 minutes ago. a little bit of an improvement. in pennsylvania 171,000 peco customers are without power right now. in new jersey pse&g is reporting 45,000 customers are out.
ac electric tells us that more than 159,000 customers are in the dark. that number has gone up in the past half hour. so some folks getting their power back others losing it. this is an evolving situation, needless to say. in delaware 14,000 delmarva customers in new castle county are without electricity this morning. >> one of the hardest hit areas is middletown township new castle county. give us an update. matt delucia is there. >> reporter: about a half hour ago we were about a mile away from where we are right new. we moved our truck to give you a better look at damage happening out here as a result of the storm last night. we're on valley road. you can see tree limbs littering the roadways out here branches and leaves pretty much everywhere. you can see here on valley road this is all shut down because about a mile stretch out here, you have trees and limbs just
all down the roadway here. this is one lane in each direction. of course very difficult for any vehicles to pass by here with the exception of some emergency vehicles that we've seen earlier this morning. but just driving around this area, we've seen pretty much the same thing, total darkness out here. only the light coming from our camera and our truck out here. we've also seen a lot of downed power liens in this area as well. we have video we shot not long ago when we hit a road block out here on valley road where we can see the trees that were down as well as those power lines. of course when we're around things like this we have to be very careful because you're never quite too sure if these lines are live at all. of course we have power out throughout this area but you do have to be very careful. you can never just assume that because a power line is on the ground that it is dead. you always have to be extra, extra careful. as we come back out here live again, not a whole lot of traffic out here at this hour. you can hear you might be able
to hear, some of the generator noise from the homes in this area out here. we're at valley and darlington roads. you can hear the generators from this home here. i hear a generator from a home across the street. that's the only way these folks are getting power this morning. i'll be making phone calls to the county try to figure out the emergency plans. we're told a lot of this work will not start until after daylight, so they can get the crews to start making the repairs. a lot of the traffic lights are down as well. live in middletown township delaware county matt delucia nbc 10 news. >> we can hear the generators faintly in the distance there. was it a tornado or wasn't it? that's a question the national service will be looking into later this morning. people in bloftgloucester county say they saw a tornado touching down in the deptford mall parking lot. >> sounded like a freight train was coming down the road.
lights flickered and then just darkness. >> it was scary, rain just came in lightning right in front of me. >> strong winds damaged the mall itself and forced shoppers into the basement. the winds even knocked the roof of a nearby friendly's restaurant. take a listen to that wind. it sounds like a revving jet engine. this is home video of the storm as it blew through springfield, delaware county. our nbc 10 photographers found even more damage in king of prussia. police were blocking traffic along henderson road where trees and limbs, as you can see, littered the street. take a look at this large tree taken down by the storms. nbc 10 was along pratt and the boulevard in the northwood section of northeast philadelphia where the weather caused minor damage to a house here. the good news is that the weather will cooperate for crews and home owners who will be cleaning up today. >> first alert meteorologist bill henley is tracking cooler more comfortable conditions out there. >> you can feel it vai.
look how clear the skies are looking over citizens bank park. it will be sunshine. we're now less than an hour away from seeing the sunshine to start the drying out process. right now it is 71 degrees at 4:38. here's our yard. right after the storm. and later, our viewers sent us plenty of photos and videos from last night's storm on our facebook page and through the nbc 10 news app. we looked at it all and we'll show you some of the most incredible and dramatic pictures in ten minutes.
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plenty of branches tree limbs. jessica boyington is keeping tabs on that for us this morning. >> there are traffic lights out all over the place. i've created a small list. i keep changing them every once in a while. there's so many to list. medford, route 70 and main street berlin route 30 around 561. out in washington township on 42 around cross keys road. another set out in voorhees on route 73 around kresson road. police activity directing traffic. use caution traveling around the area. there's a debris spill up and down the stretch of the new jersey turnpike trees and blockages as pell. it's 35 miles per hour in both directions on the new jersey turnpike between exit 3 runnemede and the delaware memorial bridge. we're seeing off ramps closed in new jersey due to trees blocking them, 295 in swedesboro, the northbound ramp is closed around
center square road. as we head a little further into the philadelphia area city avenue and 71st street, there's a downed tree blocking those areas as pell. we'll check in with mass transit and the delays there, because there are a lot, coming up. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> the temperature is at 71 degrees. look another this no sign of clouds. they're completely out of the picture. live view from here at the nbc 10 studios. it is cooler 69 degrees in northeast philadelphia. that's 9 degrees cooler than yesterday at this time. the humidity is also down. big change in the pocono mountains. running 15 degrees cooler this morning. everybody is seeing lower temperatures and less humid conditions. clouds are out of here no sign of any showers or thunderstorms. the last few clouds are rolling past the shore. they'll be clearing out and it's brilliant sunshine during the day. behind those storms, less humid, drier air is coming in. that's going to keep us much
cooler today. we did top out at 95 yesterday. that won't happen again today. it will be 70s for the pocono mountains, middle 80s for allentown and reading. sunny skies for doylestown norristown and mt. mollie. plenty of sunshine at the shore. those clouds will clear. may. vineland 85 degrees today. mid to upper 80s for wilmington drexel hill philadelphia, swedesboro hits 86 this afternoon. got the seven-day forecast when i come back in ten minutes. will new jersey governor chris christie run for president? that's the big question in politics these days. >> a new report out this morning answers that question and sheds light on when we'll find out for sure. that's next. plus the real reason your eyes turn red in the swimming pool. what it means about what's really in the water.
this morning thousands of people are waking up in the dark. local electric companies are reporting a total of 389,000 outages across the delaware valley. the numbers have gone up in some areas. there are also major problems with mass transit. patco is stopped. there are delays with septa and new jersey transit. if you're driving, our crews are finding trees blocking roads in pennsylvania and new jersey. be careful as you're heading out this morning. nbc 10 cameras were rolling as the rain and wind blew through parts of delaware county. the wind took ahold of just about anything not nailed down here in this mall parking lot. trees and power line were knocked down across the county. in one case rescue crews used chain saws to free people trapped in a house by a fallen tree. >> i'm underneath everything. the girls, say your prayers. that's all we can do. >> she and her family were okay. there were a few minor injuries. as for getting around because of all of the downed trees and power lines, some drivers say it
took them hours just to drive a few miles. >> i believe that. >> crews will have to clean this up mess in king of prussia. you can see where this tree snapped and crashed into an apartment building. fortunately nobody was hurt. the weather is being blamed for flipping this tractor-trailer right on to its side on i-95 in chester. this photo was posted on twitter late yesterday afternoon after the storm swept through the area. on the main line in ardmore, montgomery county, lightning caused quite a square there and spark this fire on east spring avenue. it was a traffic nightmare for evening commuters in delaware. drivers in newark sat in gridlock that stretched for miles and then tree branches littered the roadway not too far away in wood creek park in new castle county. when severe weather moves in, cell phones are the first thing many of us grab. >> it's right in our hands. pull it out of your pocket, start shooting. many nbc 10 viewers immediately started shooting video of what
they were witnessing. here's a good example. look at this tree being blown right out of the ground in maple shade, burlington county. it managed to hang on for a few secs before hitting the street as strong wind and rain blew through that neighborhood. nbc 10 viewer jeremy dubbs caught this light show from inside his car. a power line knocked to the ground shot out sparks and flames. and lots of lightning across the area and here in center city. look at this this shot that appears to show billy penn getting a bit too close to a bolt of lightning. another look at that same lightning strike. this is a still photo taken at the very moment the bolt struck in center city. pretty amazing shot. you can hear the screaming right there, speaking of lightning and thunder, mother nature put the scare into nbc 10 viewer cara. she was shooting video and the summer storm gave her a bit of a surprise there.
be sure you have the nbc 10 news app downloaded on to your smartphone and tablets. send us whatever storm damage you happen to come across in your neighborhood. now to decision 2016 the already crowded republican field of presidential candidates is about to get even bigger. louisiana governor bobby jindal is expected to make what's being called a major announcement about the race. if he enters he would become the first indian-american to run for president. politico is reporting that new jersey governor chris christie will officially enter the presidential race as soon as next week. politico cites several sources who say christie staffers have ramped up planning recently and are in the final stages before making the announcement. here's the competition that christie and jindal would face. there are 12 gop candidates vying for the republican nomination. on the democratic side there are four declared candidates in the race for president so far. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill
henley. >> ten minutes before 5:00. the storms are completely out of the picture. we have clear skies over the city and the high humidity and the high heat they're taking a break today. humidity is already lower. the temperatures are running cooler as well. right now in philadelphia, 71 degrees. that's 6 degrees cooler at the airport. everybody is seeing those lower temperatures even at the shore where there's still a few clouds overhead. no sign of the showers. things are quickly drying out on beach avenue. here's the deal. winds today out of the northwest. it's calm in allentown and pottstown, there's just enough of a breeze. that's the dry air coming in to play for our area today. the storms way to the south, off the north carolina coast, heavy weather, those are the storms that rolled through here yesterday. completely out of the picture for today but tomorrow is a different story. clouds start moving in during the day and late tomorrow we could see showers. enjoy what we've got today while it lasts. 76 grows at 10:00 this morning
by lunch time. very low 80s and with those winds blowing, that will top our temperatures out in the middle to upper 80s this afternoon. less humid, much more comfortable today. seven-day forecast start with sunshine tomorrow but as clouds build up there's a chance we'll see late-day showers and thunderstorms thursday evening, more likely than during the day. then friday showers in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon. high of 84 degrees. but the wet weather returns and keeps us cooler this weekend. just 71 degrees saturday afternoon after a morning low of 66. 70s again on sunday. with showers in the airy. we're clearing out just in time for monday with a high of 82. a bit warmer come tuesday. i have to say, late yesterday i was pretty thankful to be working inan early morning shift. can you imagine driving home in that? >> bill predicted this would happen. i don't think jessica boyington would have any idea the impact this would have on her day today. >> i didn't think it was -- you
never think it's going to be as bad as it always is. we're dealing with a ton of problems from downed trees to wires being in the area. septa suspension. we'll start there first. fox chase, suspended. thorndale suspended, between thorndale and malvern. you can take the wilmington newark as your alternate for that one. additional new jersey transit suspended from ac to philly patco is suspended due to a power outage. that will if effect a lot of-- affect a lot of people this morning. brace road between burton mill and kenwood. sadie lane at sury road. local details throughout the area and different things going on. we're also dealing with debris and speed restrictions on the new jersey turnpike for a pretty large stretch, exit 3 runnemede and delaware memorial bridge down to 35 miles per hour.
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involving hostages. it clears the way for families of u.s. hostages to pay ransom to terror groups without fear of prosecution. the president is expected to announce the government can help facilitate communications with terrorists on behalf of families. president obama will speak about the new policy soon after he meets with the families of americans held captive. families who have lost loved ones in captivity have criticized theed amlgs. the u.s. still will not pay ransom directly to terrorists as some european governments have. 17 people shot no arrests. now there's $20,000 in reward money up for grabs. the most recent shooting happened monday night in philadelphia's kensington neighborhood. police say seven people were hurt when someone fired a shotgun into a crowd on east hilton street. three children were among those injure. a $10,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest. and on saturday police say somube shot ten people during
a block party on ogden street in west philadelphia. a 2-year-old was among those hurt. according to investigators the gunmen opened fire with a shotgun here too. there is also a $10,000 reward for any information on this shooting. if you know something, philadelphia police would like to hear from you. a baby pool in cheltenham township is closed after parents say it left their children with bad cuts and scrapes. an nbc 10 viewer sent us these pictures of cuts on his daughter's toes and fingers bandaged up there. he says she got them after swimming in the baby pool at the glenside swimming facility. last night, the cheltenham township manager told nbc 10 the pool is closed and the company that recently resurfaced the pool will be brought in to investigate it. so far there were no complaints from swimmers in the main pool. jamie foxx had a song called "blake it on the alcohol." in this case don't blame it on the chlorine. >> health officials say there's
another reason your eyes become red and irritated after swimming in a pool. here's what government officials have to say about it. they say your eyes are getting red because of the reaction chlorine has with sweat and urine. it forms a chemical irritant that causes our eyes to sting and turn red and may cause irritation in the lungs. experts say you should shower before getting in the pool and take bathroom breaks every hour to help keep germs out of the water. >> i think i already knew that though. new this morning, a renewed warning for parents about the dangers of liquid laundry pods and children. young children are accidentally eating the pods. children who ingested the pods experienced symptoms like difficulty breathing, excessive vomiting and temporary vision loss. keep the packets inside closed containers, out of reach of small children. mow day davis made headlines
for per performance in the little league world series. now the pitcher has been drafted by the harlem globetrotters. the team is exercising a few discovery clause to obtain the rights to davis when she graduates from college. davis called basketball her favorite sport and has already made her high school varsity team. she had a cameo appearance with the globetrotters by the way during a game in march and must have impressed there. >> you know ginoeno auriemma from uconn has expressed interest. you're watching nbc 10 news. nbc 10 news today at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. nbc 10 first alert weather breaking news. >> trees ripped from their roots. this large tree in the city's frankford section fell on to a house. that's just one sign of the strong storms that moved through
our area overnight. this morning hundreds of thousands of people have no electricity. we are live with a look at the damage and what crews are doing to fix the power problems. >> and train troubles too. commuters who use patco will have to find another way to get to work this morning. we'll break down your options and what to expect before you head out the door. good morning and welcome to nbc 10 news today. i'm vai sikahema. >> i'm rosemary connors. here are the latest power outage numbers across the region. in pennsylvania, 171,000 peco customers are without power right now. in new jersey, pse&g is reporting 45,000 customers out. ax c electric says more than 159,000 customers are in the dark. and that number has actually gone up in the past half hour. so of course this is a changing situation. in delaware 14,000 delmarva customers in new castle county are without electricity. we have live nbc 10's first alert team coverage of the storm damage and the impact on your morning