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david murphy. >> ♪♪ >> good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday, january 28th and we're following some breaking news. >> flames tear through an apartment building in montgomery county leaving three people hurt and dozens displaced. >> pulled from the wreckage a driver becomes trapped after a pickup truck and a car collide in burlington county. >> new england takes the brunt of the blizzard. it shatters several records as crews tried to keep the roads clear. >> first up let's get a quick look at your weather and traffic with dave murphy and karen rogers. good morning. >> and overnight everyone we had some winds that probably put a little bit of snow on sidewalks and roads and there might have been a little bit of refreezing overnight after some slight melting yesterday so as you're driving and walking around be careful of a refreeze from overnight. there could be some icy peaches under your tires or your feet. satellite shows a lack of cloud cover as our nor'easter continues to pull away from us and dry cold air down from canada starts to erode clouds to the west. we're expecting lots of sunshine today but it will be
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cold and breezy. in fact we're already feeling that. 20 degrees right now in philadelphia. 20 in millville. 20 in wilmington. just 17 in allentown trenton and reading. when you factor in a bit of a wind that's dropping down out of the north the wind chill is making it feel like it's nine in philadelphia and millville seven in wilmington, eight in allentown and 2 degrees is your wind chill in reading right now. stepping outside to catch that school bus, put on all that extra gear. we're going to be cold with temperatures in the low 20's between 6 o'clock and 8 o'clock and it will be a bit on the brisk side. as we go through the day we'll see a high of 32, we'll probably hit that around 2 o'clock and maybe still be sitting on it by 3 o'clock and then 29 by 6 o'clock. lots of sun but brisk and cold. karen, what are roads looking like early? >> some of the blowing snow, i know if you live near an open field i've got one of those and all the snow kind of employees back on. right now the roads are mostly dry. this is torresdale section here. expect a couple slick spots here or there. torresdale avenue at linden avenue moving pretty well. not too many people out yet. one guy driving on torresdale
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avenue currently. in center city not seeing any problems on the vine street expressway. looking really good here at this point approaching the schuylkill and no problems at all on the vine. in lower frederick township we've got a problem here. we had a vehicle fire i told you about on zieglerville road. traffic moving better but we still have problems with this accident where a vehicle slid into a telephone pole. baltimore pike eastbound near chambers. watch for this near chambers road in kennett square chester county not seeing the road closed at this point but with crews on the scene i would look for that. expect icy conditions with this water main break in nether providence township. >> firefighters rush to rescue residents from a burning apartment building in montgomery county overnight. "action news" reporter annie mccormick is live at the washington towers apartments in whitemarsh township. annie. >> reporter: matt at one point people actual had to jump for safety. we were told at least three people have been transported
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to abington hospital but they have nonlife-threatening injuries. at one point there was a school bus outside to keep people warm while they waited to find another place to stay. at this point though we are also told it took about an hour and half to get this fire under control. this is video of that blaze. it broke out just before 1:00 a.m. in the 400 block of south bethlehem pike in whitemarsh township at the washington towers apartment complex. firefighters focused on second and third floors of the four-story building. they also found fire in the area of the rear of the building. there are reports of several ladder rescues. little jasmine, her sister maria showed us the video they took of the flames, their familiar had to jump to safety. maria says she was scared. >> i was awake and my mom was trying to put her boots on and i put my boots on and then we -- and then she went to the window. i was thinking that i was about to break my head
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reporter: brave little girl. again, maria her little sister and her mom all jumping from their second floor apartment to safety. they are unharmed. now, the red cross tells me that they are assisting two families who have been displaced. now, there was another building on the ground of that apartment complex. we were told that those families are able to stay there. for now reporting live from whitemarsh township, annie mccormick, channel6 "action news." >> what a night for those families. thank you, annie. new from overnight a fast moving fire damaged a house in north philadelphia. it broke out on the 2900 block of north 23rd street around 1:30 this morning. investigators say the fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and then quickly spread to the second. there are no reports of injuries. >> new this morning, rescuers had to cut a driver out of her car after a head-on crash in south jersey. the car and a pickup truck collided along route 206 near stokes road in shamong burlington county at 11:30 last night. the driver of the car a
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23-year-old woman, was flown to the hospital with a leg fracture. two other people were injured but their conditions have not been released. state police closed route 206 while they investigated but it has since reopened. >> it is 5:05 and two women are still in the hospital this morning hurt after falling bricks caused part of a roof to come crashing down on shoppers in center city. this happened inside the lululemon store on the 1500 block of walnut street. right there in the heart of the shopping district yesterday afternoon. the bricks had fallen from a building next door. three female shoppers were injured by the falling debris. coming up in our next half hour, we'll break down the investigation with a full report. >> the nor'easter lived up to expectations in new england dropping nearly 40-inches of snow in some areas in a single day. erin o'hearn joins us live at the big board at where they are still dig out. >> first matt some interesting information for overnight. as we know many areas including ours it was a
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snowstorm that wasn't but the firestorm that ensued yesterday on social media has prompted the head of the national weather service to issue what many people have been demanding an apology. he said the word historic should not have been used adding "you make a lot of decisions expecting us to get it right and we didn't. once again i'm sorry" but what we can't forget are images like this one and the storm did have crippling effects predicted in places like boston where snowfall may shatter records. millions of people in new england are waking up this morning under a paralyzing blanket of snow, up to 3 feet where the blizzard of 2015 did live up to all the hype. about 30,000 homes and businesses in the boston-cape cod area do not have power including the entire island nantucket. it suffered a whiteout with nearly 80 miles per hour winds. on eastern long island an army of snowplows worked to clear highways and in connecticut there were snow buried cars as
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you can see right there. but as we all know the storm's eastward shift ended up sparing philadelphia and new york city which was virtually shut down monday night. again, the head of the national weather service apologizing and promising his agency will do better. tam, back to you. >> okay, thank you erin. a masked bandit took the wrong time to hold up an olney dunkin' donuts. surveillance video from monday shows philadelphia police interrupting the robbery attempt. the officers had been staked out in the parking lot on the 6200 block of north front street because of recent armed heists. police say 20-year-old russell mason watts is responsible for at least one other holdup last week. >> happening today, amtrak and its partners wants to hear from you regarding the 30th street station district plan. they are seeking ideas for development opportunities on the land surrounding the huge train station along the schuylkill river. officials will host an open house from 4:00 to 7:00 tonight on the main concourse and there you can learn about the project, meet the team and ask some questions. >> i was very grateful for my
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coat this morning. >> yeah, no kidding. it's really cold out there. and you too matt. >> i like my coat. >> as we take a look outside we're looking at clear skies over the ben franklin bridge and elsewhere around the region. a bit on the breezy side. at least we'll get sun today. temperatures right now tell the story, though. 20 degrees in philadelphia, 20 wilmington, just 17 in allentown. and over in trenton and reading, 17 in beach haven low 20's down the shore in sea isle city and along the boardwalk in atlantic city. lots of sun on the way because of a lack of cloud cover. the nor'easter continues to wing its way up through nova scotia so we're losing that cloud cover and dry air out of the north is eroding that stuff out to the west. if you're in allentown today look for a lost sunshine today. there could be a couple pop-up clouds later this afternoon but pretty bright brisk and cold though with a-just 28 degrees and wind chills in the teens and low 20's through the day. and down the shore 36 degrees, a little bit better but still mostly sunny and brisk with wind chills in the teens and 20's as we move through the day. pretty much the same story in
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philadelphia. lots of sun but brisk and cold with a high of 32. at times winds could gust as high as 25 miles per hour. and as we roll through the day, we'll be at 22 by 8 o'clock and then up closer to 30 by 11:00. 32 is your high today and we'll probably hit that at 2 o'clock and kind of sit there for two or three hours this afternoon before dipping back by 5:00. wind chills we're in the single digits this morning. as we go up to lunchtime most of us are still either in the teens or close to the teens. and then later today the winds slack off a little bit so your wind chills will improve but even at dinnertime tonight it's going to be pretty raw. tomorrow some sun is possible early but clouds are going to increase during the day. and then late in the day and in the evening we'll see a little sweep of snow come through thanks to a weak arctic boundary. doesn't look like a lot of snow, probably a coating to an inch in most spots. again, that's mainly spoam evening. 32 degrees sunny and brisk today. tomorrow clouds increase 35. we're going to go down to 16 in philadelphia and some suburbs by tomorrow morning will be in the single digits so it will be even colder tomorrow morning. and then we saw that evening
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snow popping through. on friday an arctic front approaches a high of 38. it's possible we get that early in the day and then see temperatures drop during the afternoon. flurries are possible as well and then look out on saturday brisk and very cold, a high of just 24 degrees. it will be at about 11:00 in the morning. sunday morning still in the teens so a real cold saturday into sunday morning. sunday afternoon 33 and in the afternoon and evening hours there could be a mixed precipitation moving in that extends into and perhaps through a good portion of monday. that would be a mix of snow, sleet, maybe a little icing and then some rain. >> okay. thank you, david. it's now 5:10. next up, drama on the high seas. we'll tell you about the emergency trip back to port for a cruise ship's tiny passenger. >> more lives are lost to crime in wilmington leaving many to question what is being done to stop the spike in violence in delaware's largest city. karen. >> in the wynnefield section we're seeing mostly dry conditions, city avenue, conshohocken avenue, nothing
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other than the occasional icy spot. we'll take to you lionville chester county and check the roads out there coming up. >> a zoo out we have the has a valentine's day suggestion for those suffering the sting of rejection. that's later in the morning buzz. >> ♪♪
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>> ♪♪ >> welcome back. you're taking a live look here sky 6 looking at spring mountain. you can see the winds blowing a little bit. also they got the snow machines going. if you like to ski, that's a good looking scene here at 5:13. it's 21 degrees. >> looking out for slippery spots again, right karen. >> i am. keeping an eye on that and we
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are seeing them here or there. i mean most of roads are dry so it's not going to be a big problem but you know the way it is with traffic you just hit it at a certain speed and you're the car that ends up flying. we're looking in lionville chester county many people moving fine here. route 100 at 13. a good shot of the road which you can see is mostly dry. just the occasional spot here or there is what we're watching for today. let's go to the maps. we do have a couple of issues. here's one that was a problem in kennett square chester county that a car just slid into a telephone pole. baltimore pike eastbound between chambers and cedar spring roads. watch for that accident out there currently. a water main break here so icy conditions in nether providence delaware county for a different reasons with the water still on the road on brookhaven road at moore road. you might want to stick to valley road and avoid that altogether. one of the other big traffic issues out there has been the potholes and if you look on the waze app can which i've got right here people everywhere kind of reporting them. so this one in worcester township morris road, watch for that and if you look, that's a member of our 6abc
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team so don't forget when you join waze you can go ahead and click on teams and join us 'cause we like that. let's look at the temperatures. 17 in allentown 20 some millville. the wind chill ouch, single digits. feels like one in mount pocono and only nine in philadelphia and millville tam. >> okay, thank you karen. rescue crews had to evacuate an eight month old baby from a cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. the ship was about 140 miles southeast of galveston texas. authorities say the baby was suffering from seizures hadn't trouble breathing. the baby girl her mother and a nurse were flown to a houston hospital. no word yet on that baby's condition. san francisco police say three men wearing ski masks rammed a stolen suv into the wells fargo museum and then took off with quite a hall. they say the suspects armed with assault weapons held up a security guard and then made off with several golden nuggets that had been on display. those nuggets are valued at more than $50,000. >> the sixers take on the
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detroit pistons tonight in south philadelphia and they hope to break their six game losing streak. the flyers overcame a two-nothing deficit to win in a shootout last night against the arizona coyotes. coaches lifted ray emery for mason in the net. wayne simmonds scored in regulation and got the game winner in the shootout. flyers win at home four to three. >> new research suggests a link between a common treatment among men and heart problems may not actually exist. >> a delaware community comes together to take a stand against gun violence and plead for safer streets. david. >> guys, we are dressing the kids up with extra gear this morning because not only is it cold but we've got a strong wind giving you wind chills in the single digits across most of the region. i think that deserves a scarf don't you. it will be chilly this afternoon. i'll have your day planner forecast and we'll talk about the airport. that's coming up next. >> ♪♪
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>> this surfer was not deter by yesterday's wintry weather. he braved the elements to wide the waves off the beaches of montauk new york. the water temperature there is 34.3 degrees. >> he had a great wave so, you know. >> not north many worth it. >> really cold man. my whole family did the polar plunge. it was cold that day. >> except for you. >> i'm the photographer. >> kids, have fun. >> don't freeze out there. let's take a a live look at 95 at cottman. the overnight construction here is clear. northbound though, between bridge street and cottman avenue we have construction that's going to start in a few hours. starts at 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each week so it's going to block a lane and block the princeton avenue on-ramp. you're good for now but that overnight construction will cause an issue. mass transit back to normal today, dave. >> all right, on the big board karen we have cold temperatures from start to finish today. there will be a lot of sunshine out there. 30 by noon. your high today is 32 degrees. i think we'll hit that around 2 o'clock and hold there for a couple hours. by 6 o'clock back down to 29
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trees. taking a look at the national satellite and radar map the nor'easter getting out of here moving up toward nova scotia. a little cloud cover and maybe a couple snow showers up in minneapolis an bit of mixed precipitation out there in the rocky mountains and southern idaho. everybody else looking pretty good. a lost sunshine on the way today and florida now a little misleading on the big board at the airport. we're looking at all green aircraft which means no major delays but you should understand that we still have a lot of canceled flights related to nor'easter. we're running in the neighborhood of a hundred in boston, philadelphia about 35, matt o'brien -- matt o'donnell i knew it was matt o something. your flight may be canceled even though there are no major delays, matt and tam. >> glad you remembered my name david. researchers say there may not be a link between testosterone therapy and heart problems. they say recent studies may have overestimated heart risks and now they think testosterone therapy may even protect men's hearts.
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testosterone therapy can treat problem of low testosterone which some say leads to increased energy to faltering sex drive. a bill to legalize medical marijuana is headed back to the senate in pennsylvania. two lawmakers announced plans to broaden legislation which would cover more medical conditions in the ways that pot can be consumed. a bill passed the senate last fall but the house didn't act on it. governor tom wolf has vowed to support this. >> traders on wall street won't be worried about a nor'easter when they go to work today. here's abc's america's money. >> good morning. topping machine's money a big dip for the dow. >> plunged 291 points after big companies reported disappointing earnings. >> the other major averages also sold off. most asian markets continue the losing streak. >> all four major airlines recording record profits generated by fares at a five year high and shrinking fuel costs. so why aren't tickets getting less expensive.
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a real estate web site named wilmington as one of the most dangerous small cities in america. it has set a record for homicides just last year. >> it's crazy. i think we at war and since we at war the mayor and the governor ought to respond like it's war. >> the delaware state house voted unanimously to create a commission to study ways to reduce violent crime in wilmington and mayor dennis williams has announced a plan called operation disrupt. the city plans to reassign 22 officers, find sergeants and a lieutenant to areas of high crime in wilmington. >> ♪♪ >> in the morning buzz this morning, valentine's day couple weeks away. >> uh-huh. >> and it seems. >> everything is fine with me. >> and a san francisco zoo has an interesting zoo if instead you're thinking about the one that got away, the love that didn't work out it says that you can adopt a giant scorpion or a hissing cockroach and name it after that terrible ex. you know if you really don't like what that person did
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they'll even give you the option of having a notification sent to the person behind your heartbreak. it will cost you 25 bucks per roach or scorpion and at least the money will go to a good cause. it will support research and conservation efforts. my favorite, though, is the glitter bomb that you send somebody you're unhappy with they open it up and just, whoosh. >> you can't sends the cockroaches. >> you can't sends the cockroaches. >> that would be cruel. >> to the cockroach. >> a montgomery county apartment building goes up in flames overnight. several people are hurt. some jump out of windows and dozens more are homeless. >> also falling bricks crash through the roof of a center city store sending three people to the hospital. customers describe those frightening moments when "action news" comes right back. >> ♪♪
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police cruiser. >> it is cold david and karen. >> yes, it is. take a look at one issue related to the cold. we had a little melting yesterday with the sun breaking out and temperatures getting a bit above freezing in some neighborhoods. winds were blowing the snow around on previously dry surfaces so there could be some refreezing and i want you to be careful of icy patches behind the wheel and beneath your shoes as you're walking around. satellite showing you we're in for lots of sunshine as clouds related to the departing nor'easter are scooting up to the north and we have wind coming down from the north that's drying out the clouds out to our west. temperatures are cold. 20 degrees right now in philadelphia, 20 wilmington and millville. just 17 in the northern suburbs. 21 in wildwood. with that wind dropping down out of the north we have wind chills making it feel like it's just nine right now in the city, nine in millville eight in allentown and a 2-degree reading on your wind chill -- not really on the thermometer but you know what i mean. feels like two in reading. 20 degrees on the storm tracker 6 app right now in

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