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edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning, it's 5 o'clock on this tuesday july 5th. tam is off. erin o'hearn joins us and developing right now. >> train troubles. septa riders could be in for a rough morning commute. the rail service has pulled a third of its regional rail cars out of service. >> the morning commute will also be a wet one plus accuweather is tracking our next heat wave of the summer. we have live team coverage on the septa train troubles. katherine scott and an thee mccormick are live at stations in the city and the suburbs. matt pelman will have the latest on the roads. >> let's get a check of the weather with dave murphy. >> unfortunately we have issues in the weather department as well as the commute. you can see thunderstorms working their way through south jersey and delaware and in a lot of cases these are dumping heavy rain highlighted in orange yellow and reds and we have a concern even in areas where the rain is beginning to slacken off that there could be some flooded road conditions and maybe some high water on some flashy
creeks and streams so be careful of that. there is a flash flood watch in effect until 10 o'clock this morning and it's basically because of the runoff from those heavy pockets of rain that have come through. it's possible that some of these western and northern areas where the rain is already beginning to die down that they get dropped off this watch area before 10 o'clock. but it's still a possibility that you got problems through the morning commute. after this rain gets through, we are going to transition to a mix of clouds and sun and there's just a slight chance of an additional pop-up shower or thunderstorm later today. most of afternoon drive. 75 degrees warm as you head outside this morning. 70 in allentown, 73 in trenton, 72 in cape may. and man is it humid out there. this darker shade of green that you see covering most of the region and all these numbers in the upper 60's and 70's, well, that's really an indication of oppressive humidity and once we get past this rain with these dewpoints so high and the sun coming out it is definitely going to feel muggy out there today. has been you get your run in early if you can dodge the raindrops. not a real good idea in south jersey where there's lightning around but 73 degrees by
7 o'clock in philadelphia, mainly dry. 76 degrees by 10 o'clock. we are drying out by 10:00 and then a mix of clouds and sun the rest of the way with a warm and humid high of 88 degrees that will probably slot in rather late in the day, say, 4, 5 o'clock that's when we'll be sitting on that 88-degree high. the humidity combines with higher heat on wednesday and thursday. we've got excessive heat on the way in fact. details on that in the seven day. matt you have a big traffic story this morning. >> that is for sure. holiday is over. fun is over david noun it's time to get used to the new normal with septa which involves about a third of the regional rail fleet being out of commission for the foreseeable future. what that means is new schedules across-the-board and in most cases they're on what's called an enhanced saturday schedule. that's a saturday schedule with an extra early morning train and an extra train or two during the rush hours but basically we're running on saturday schedules. some of the lines only a saturday schedule so that's less service definitely a lot less service than a normal weekday schedule but the
cynwyd line not running at all. you're on the buses instead of the trains on the cynwyd line. you need to think outside the box. are you able to use the norristown high speedline coming from norristown? coming from the delco burbs maybe hop on the 101 our 102 trolleys. in the media area drive the car and hop on one of the subways broad and market frankford subways will have extra service. or use an amtrak or njt train. you need to think outside the box. maybe you can carpool but this morning the roads are wet. we have a crash on 95 southbound here by the vine. traffic barely squeezing by and this is the scene with the rain coming down in cape may county we're going to seashore traffic as well for those stragglers coming back from the beach. matt and erin. >> thank you, matt. developing right now, the first of what will be many difficult morning commutes for septa riders is under way. >> nearly one third of the regional rail trains could be out of service for weeks. >> "action news" reporter katherine scott is live at the center at a station in ardmore montgomery county with what is happening right now.
katherine. >> reporter: that's right, matt and erin. flames not a short term fix for this so riders are encouraged to have a contingency plan in place for the days to come. we're in ardmore right now and it's pretty quiet. there are a few passengers standing on the platform waiting for a train to come. the only train we saw did not stop, it came through, it wasn't full but it did not make a stop here in ardmore but expect the cars to be full today as we get later on into the morning commute and be prepared for the possibility that you're standing there on the platform and a packed train passes right by you especially as you get closer to the city. there are now 13,000 fewer seats than usual and with that in mind septa is encouraging riders to look at other options, other ways to get to work within their transportation network. you can drive to south philadelphia and use one of the 1600 parking spots at the old navy hospital and walk to the broad street subway. of course there are buses and trolleys. the market frankford line. septa is urging customers to
be patient. >> going have to drive. >> that's not fun. >> no, it's not. >> going have to take the bus. which i hate because there's so much traffic. >> reporter: and outside septa uber drivers are readying themselves for a rush in business this week. we've actually already seen some here at the station in ardmore waiting for customers, an alternative when they don't what happened to wait for the train anymore. live in ardmore, katherine scott channel6 "action news." >> thanks katherine. let's turn to "action news" reporter annie mccormick live at the fern rock transportation center. annie. >> reporter: matt, this is one spot where you actually have a couple of different options. the fern rock spot is the beginning our the last line on the broad street line but it also has several regional rail stops, including lance downs doylestown and west trenton. there are four bus stops here's. a half hour ago we saw a train come through. a number much people came here earl to make sure they got on
that train. this is video of friday when engineers spotted the malfunction on one car and officials made the decision to take the fleet of silver liner five cars off the street for repairs. the problem is a structural flaw where tress cracks developed in a critical portion in the wheel suspension. now, there's no time line on how long that will take. you heard katherine say this could take weeks. these are the newest regional rail cars assembled in 2010 and 2013. >> we do expect crowded conditions and by running a saturday schedule, there will be opportunities that we may bypass people because of the crowded conditions. losing 13,000 seats is quite substantial. >> reporter: now t-the regional rail line is the one that comes here over my shoulder. they did not pass by the first time, they stopped. again, they have plenty of seats there so we're waiting to see as the morning rush picks up what will happen there. but again, if you want to come through fern rock there's
plenty of parking spots here and like i said there are alternative options like taking the broad street line or several different buses. for now we're live at the fern rock transportation center, annie mccormick channel6 "action news." back. >> we'll check in with you frequently. thanks annie. we want to know how your morning commute is going. go to our 6abc facebook and twitter page. send us your photos. use #6abcaction and if you haven't already like our page so you can get "action news" updates in your time line. chester police officers are investigating the city's 15th homicide this year. the shooting happened at 7:00 last night near the intersection of third and kerlin street. police say the 31-year-old victim had been shot multiple times and left for dead in a crown victoria. the car was still running when police arrived on the scene. police have no motive or suspect in the case. new on "action news" rescue crews will to pull a driver from the wreckage of a head-on crash overnight. it happened just after one:00 on the unit block of west cheltenham avenue in the east
oak lane section of philadelphia. police say the two-car crash was the end result of a chase between a boyfriend and a girlfriend. the victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition. no word yet on if charges will be filed. >> it wasn't the picture perfect fourth of july they had hoped for but vacationers at the jersey shore still filled the boardwalks. the action cam was there as families filed past wearing slickers and carrying umbrellas. the rain didn't dampen the show in the sky in atlantic city. folks weathered the wet weather to get a glimpse of the resorts' independence day fireworks display. >> looks pretty. >> nice that some of that stuff got off last night but we did that have showers around and some people had to postpone. if there were fireworks scheduled right now, they'd be postponed as well, especially in south jersey. storm tracker6 live double scan right now shows you we are being hit with a lot of heavy rain. if we go into that two dimensional view you can see a lot of this is thunderstorm activity with active lightning strikes. most of the thunderstorms off the cost but there are a couple more back by dover
delaware that are about ready to cross the delaware bay still headed in your direction. that may the last of the heaviest rain but south jersey and delaware really the focus of where we may see some street flooding actively right now. if i go out to that wide view, philadelphia beginning to get out from under the heavy stuff as are most of the northern and western suburbs. just keep in mind that overnight we have had pockets of heavy rain around and it takes awhile for that to drain off of roads. there might be some high running flashy creeks and streams as well so driving in this morning, be careful. flash flood advisory or watch is up until 10 o'clock this morning. it may take that long for some areas to drain. as we take a look outside, we have wet conditions at philadelphia international airport. again, the heaviest rain finished in philadelphia but there's still some stuff coming down and your roadways are definitely on the damp side. 75 degrees in philadelphia this morning. 74 in wilmington. 70 all the way up in allentown and 72 in cape may. plus, it is very, very muggy out there. it's going to be a humid one today. future tracker6 showing that
you those current showers and thunderstorms by 8 o'clock are probably pushing pretty close to the coast and getting done very likely by about 9 o'clock this morning. and then by noon, we're breaking out some sunshine and mixing that with the clouds. that will be the case the rest of the afternoon, too, with just a slight chance of a little pop-up shower or thunderstorm. i think most of you are going to be dry today. just kind of humid and a little uncomfortable. 88 is the lie in the lehigh valley, clouds and sun, warm and humid conditions today. down the shore you get some break from the heat as it won't be quite as warm but we're looking at low 80's across much of the region. this should be about 81 degrees in ocean city. low risk of rip currents today but always swim near the lifeguards please and ocean temperatures running in the upper 60's off rehoboth beach and bethany beach where you're in the low to mid 80's this afternoon. in philadelphia a mix of clouds and sun. warm and muggy, a high of 88 degrees. winds out of the west occasionally picking up a little bit of a southerly component at about eight to 16 miles per hour. phillies are doing a flight game tonight. and it's going to be warm and humid for that contest.
partly cloudy skies very likely dry but 85 for the first pitch and probably still holding onto the low 80's in the ninth inning. we will dip into the low 70's overnight, 73 degrees but it will take awhile to get there. mostly clear warm and muggy tonight with winds out of the west at about six to 12 miles per hour. the next couple of days we're looking at excessive heat and humidity and i'm going cover this with dewpoints. this is what the -- heat index. this is what it's going to feel like. in the morning not too bad but in the afternoon tomorrow temperature getting up to about 94, humidity probably giving you heat indexes into the upper 90's at times and then on thursday afternoon that's going to be the big red flag day. we have got heat indexes making it feel like it's 100 and those next two days, tomorrow and thursday, are going to be days to really keep your eyes on your elderly neighbors and keep yourself hydrated and cool. your exclusive accuweather 7-day warm and humid 88 degrees mainly dry once we get done with the morning rain. hot and sticky on wednesday, 94, heat index values could be
in the upper 90's. on thursday excessive heat, a high of 95 feeling like it's around 100 in the afternoon and we might even toss in a thunderstorm. still hot and humid on friday, 92, pretty uncomfortable with another thunderstorm. saturday is the day this may start to break but we're going to pay for it as a cold front comes through with showers and thunderstorms for a period of the day. right now it looks like it's probably in the morning and early afternoon with a break in the weather in the afternoon later in the afternoon anyway, high of 92. it's still going to be hot. sunday the better of the two days with less humid conditions and a better high of 88. okay. >> thanks, david. 5:12 is the time. coming up all new on "action news a high speed police chase that the person who was being pursued was -- says was prompted by a cookie. >> brand new details on nasa's juno spacecraft that has been traveling over a billion miles to get to the planet jupiter. matt. >> you might feel like you're traveling a billion niles get to work this morning. it's not going to be an easy ride and the septa problems is going to put extra traffic on the roads where we already
have accidents, one on 95 southbound by the vine mostly now on the shoulder. we'll check some of the other trouble spots when "action news" continues on this tuesday morning. >> ♪ there's only one place to do it. and that's not the only thing you can only find in new york state. ♪ it's all in the catskills. only in new york. new york. it's all here. it's only here. plan your summer vacation at iloveny.com
>> ♪ >> 5:15 and we continue to follow what is happening with septa and particularly with its regional rails. you see some septa workers in here. this is the septa command center in center city philadelphia where they're getting realtime data. those are all the routes for regional rail, green i'm imagining is going to be pretty good. it is early but we are expecting some big problems with regional rails and septa as you see are in there watching every second of it. >> and that's why we have matt pelman here.
he has a lot of alternatives for you as you try to navigate through this first day of what will probably be a recover few weeks, matt. >> yeah, i visited that command center few months ago. they have the best technology at their fingertips so they're going to do a really good job of keeping us up to date on what exactly is going on as we enter this new phase with septa. we're going try to do our best to pass the information along to you but the best bet for you this morning is can you be a little bit creative? i know you might not feel like being creative at this hour of the morning but think outside the box. say you can come from maybe chester county, maybe coatesville, can you low pressure on a keystone line train along the amtrak corridor? they're offering extra service. if you come from norristown forget the manayunk norristown regional rail line, try and use the high speedline. it has extra service. you can use its 101 or 102 trolleys coming from the delco suburbs like media or pull the car out of the garage and drive to a subway station like fern rock or at&t by the sports complex. those subway lines will have extra service. if you're in trenton forget
the trenton regional rail or the west trenton line. try and use informed jt to come in instead. we'll keep sharing the alternates. we're also watching for extra shore traffic this morning as we look live at 42 already some northbound headlights headed toward 295. hopewell township mercer county the rain is rolling through and there's a crash blocking the southbound side of 29 river road. also a crash now in hatfield township along line lexington at bethlehem pike. serious one. some people injured there. in salford township a tree came down blocking allentown road northbound at burnt road. let's to the commuter report with the waze app. in wilmington crash on 95 southbound south of 202 the concorde pike. expect restrictions and slowing there as well. matt. >> thank you, matt. breaking overnight italian police say they have arrested a homeless man in connection with the death of an american student whose body was found in the tiber river. 13-year-old beau solomon of the university of wisconsin went missing on friday on his first day studying abroad. authorities located solomon's body in the river where
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earth's development. they say this is the hardest thing nasa has ever done. >> we're studying septa this morning. very carefully. we have a situation developing. yes, these new schedules taking effect as of this morning. they're in effect for the foreseeable future and in most cases on most regional rails it's an enhanced saturday schedule that you're dealing with. so, that's a weekend schedule with maybe an extra morning train, extra rush hour train perhaps but overall there's a lot less service than what we're used to and that's going result in overcrowded trains which will put extra people on the roads. the good news here on 95 is it's not really pouring at the moment and the crash that we had on the southbound side here approaching penn's landing has cleared. if you're coming back from the beaches we expect a lot of people to be doing that this morning. no big problems so far on highway one coming back from delaware. david. >> man, a lot of stuff going on in the traffic and the weather this morning, matt. we've had some pockets of heavy rain come through overnight. there may be some ponding and puddling and flooded road
conditions especially near flashy creeks and streams, some of those small waterways that are still taking the runoff. so even in philadelphia where the rain is dying down be careful of that but the big issue of course is down in south jersey and delaware where you're still trying to get rid of downpour producing showers and thunderstorms and there's another batch by baltimore that may be bugging you later this morning. we expect most of this to get off the coast by about eight or 9 o'clock this morning. there's a flash flood watch up until 10 o'clock waiting for those roads to finally drain. 73 degrees by 7 o'clock. 75 by 10 o'clock. if you are involved in that commute it is going to be warm and muggy this morning and this afternoon's high around 4 o'clock and 5 o'clock is 88 degrees, very humid today and a reminder, erin, that excessive heat is on the way wednesday and thursday. we'll have to get ready for that. >> yeah, preparations. thanks so much david. in health check a mutation in the brca1 gene is already linked to breast and ovarian cancer a new study suggest it could lead to a higher risk avenue deadly type of uterine
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the morning rush. you're taking a live look at the septa command center. >> accuweather is tracking rain on your way to work. accuweather has team coverage to get you out the door. >> erin o'hearn is in for tamala edwards. >> and we are spread out across septa stations this morning. reporters annie mccormick and katherine scott are talking with commuters and matt pelman is in for karen rogers watching all the routes and the roads. >> and on top of all this, we have the rain to deal with dave murphy. >> yeah, we do. weather also a story this morning. heavy rain falling in parts of south jersey. another batch coming in out of baltimore that will be coming through delaware and south jersey later. most of the thunderstorms off the coast right now but we have had heavy enough rain where we do have a concern with some flooded roads, maybe some high running creeks and small waterways down in these areas and even in areas where you don't see the rain, southeastern pennsylvania, over toward trenton, some earlier pockets overnight may also be giving you some high water issues on some roadways so be careful this morning. there's a flash flood watch until 10 o'clock across most of the region and we're