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this is nbc 10 news first alert weather. >> we have issued a first alert weather day and one look at the radar tells you why. heavy rain is on the way for today and tonight. rain isn't the only concern.ç we could see record high temperatures today and with plenty of snow piles along the streets, that increases the threat of flooding. and caught in the crosswalk, philadelphia police need your help finding the driver who hit a mother and her two young children and then kept going. and bill cosby will be back in court today. a montgomery county judge is expected to decide if the criminal case against the comedian can move forward. it's 4:00 a.m. good morning, this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's get right to meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast. find out about that rain and the concern of flooding. bill? >> the rain is not here yet but i'm tracking it to our west.
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there's a flood watch. the threat of flooding will come with heavy rainfall this afternoon and tonight. it's falling on ground that's still covered in snow by many areas. harrisburg is seeing the first rain drops. there's more rain on the way in western pennsylvania. i do expect it to be here this afternoon and into this evening. this morning, pretty quiet to start with. we will see showers develop during the morning hours as the temperatures climb. 43 degrees at 6:00. 51 at 9:00 with some light scattered showers at 9:00. then steadier rain will move into the western suburbs at noontime. the temperature is moving up. look at the winds. they really kick in, 19 mile-an-hour southerly wind will have us in record temperature territory this afternoon. the record is 62 degrees. i'll go through the forecast neighborhood by neighborhood when i'm back in ten minutes. right now the roads are dry. that's a temporary situation. jessica boyington has first alert traffic. >> at least dry for right now
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for some people heading out the door. here's the vine street expressway around 24th street. no problems in either direction. westbound to the schuylkill expressway, eastbound to 95 you're good to go and no construction projects active at this point. heading to the actual schuylkill expressway eastbound from the blue route to the vine, average speeds all in the 60s and we're 11 minutes into center city. no problems on 95 into center city. the blue route is doing just fine as well. mass transit, no problems or delays so far this morning for septa, amtrak, new jersey transit, d.a.r.t. and patco. heavy rain and record high temperatures are possible today. with mounds of snow still on the streets and sidewalks, there's also the threat of flooding. katy zachry is live in warrenton to explain more. >> it's early february. as bill said, we're talking about record temperatures, temperatures in the low to mid-60s. normally we'd be celebrating that but take a look behind me because this is a reality for so many people, whether it's in your yard, whether it's in your business. mounds and piles of snow. of course, with the record
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temperatures, much of this snow is going to melt. couple that with the rain that we're going to get, starting in some parts later this morning and really intensifying this afternoon and over into the evening hours. that coupled with the warm weather is just going to wash so much of this water into areas. so where are the concerned areas? areas where there's poor drainage, large parking lots like where we are, there are very few drains. this is a major concern for a lot of people throughout our coverage area. over the next hour i'll be calling public works departments and areas where they don't have goodç drainage to find out wha they're doing to prevent massive flooding problems throughout the day. reporting live in warrenton township, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. and first alert meteorologist bill henley returns with the updated forecast in just a few minutes. make sure you're prepared for today's rain with the nbc 10 app. track the storm with radar, get alerts and warnings and customize it to get weather
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information for your particular neighborhood. just about four minutes past 4:00 right now. 42 degrees in philadelphia. happening today, back to court for bill cosby and his legal team. they're arguing to get the criminal case against the comedian tossed out. it all hinges on a deal they say was made with the former montgomery county d.a. matt delucia is live outside the courthouse in norristown to walk us through that. >> there was only one witness on the stand, the former district attorney bruce castor. he was peppered with questions for hours. most of them pointed toward that supposed deal. here's video from yesterday of the 78-year-old comedian walking into court. it was inside the courtroom where we learned more about this agreement or deal regarding a decade old allegation that cosby drugged and assaulted a woman. bruce castor testified that he thought he could not get a conviction because the accuser's credibility was tainted on a
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number of issues. castor did not think a jury would believe her. he set up a situation where if cosby offered statements in a civil case he would never be prosecuted criminally for it. castor says there was an agreement but here's the thing. the judge asked him at one point yesterday, why not make that agreement in writing? why would now not do that? castor responded he did not think this was necessary. now we enter day two of this hearing. the judge is expected to make a decision later this afternoon. that could end up with the criminal charges being dismissed. matt delucia, nbc 10 news. we're following developments in a civil case in california against bill cosby. yesterday a judge ordered the comedian to attend a second deposition in a lawsuit filed by judy huth. she claimed cosby sexually assaulted her at the playboy mansion in the '70s when she was
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15 years old. cosby denies those accusations. huth is represented by gloria allred. the dates of the alleged assaults span from 1965 to 2008 by more than 60 women. cosby maintains his innocence and has repeatedly denied the allegations. count on nbc 10 for the latest updates from inside the courtroom. we'll post updates on social media and the nbc 10 app. find full coverage at nbc10.com. it's 4:06. happening today, the zika virus is on the agenda at the montgomery county board of health meeting. the meeting is open to the public. the zika virus has been spreading fast across latin america and the caribbean. and now there are concerns about it spreading here in the u.s. experts say the virus can cause severe birth defects. currently thereç are no confird cases of the virus in pennsylvania, new jersey or delaware. the virus is transmitted by
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mosquitos but health officials in texas are reporting the first sexually transmitted case of the zika virus. the infected person had not traveled to any zika infected regions but recently had sex with someone who got sick after visiting venezuela. philadelphia police are on the lookout for a hit and run driver who ran down a mother and her two children in south philadelphia. a red honda accord plows through an intersection at broad and dickinson while the family entered the crosswalk. the car hit the mother, her 5-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. >> they left somebody there to almost die, a mother and two children. >> here's another view of the same car, shortly before the crash. police say it is missing a side passenger mirror. the children are in stable condition, their mother is in critical but stable condition. detectives are hoping she may be able to provide more information about the crash or the driver when they speak with him later today. a bucks county school
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district is warning parents about an attempted child luring. administrators with the penn ridge school district say a man in his 20s tried to lure a child into his car after school yesterday at main and callowhill in perkasie. the child ran away and was not hurt. police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a student at the university of pennsylvania campus. a woman told authorities she saw a man walking toward her with his private area exposed. she called campus police but the money got away. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> eight minutes after 4:00. it is dry and it is above freezing. but heavy rainfall is moving into western pennsylvania. i'm tracking that for our area for this afternoon and this evening. it will come along with record warmth which leads to a quick snow melt. especially with the gusty winds that will be here this afternoon. there is a flood threat because of both of these things. that threat will continue into tonight.
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41 degrees right now in allentown, 41 also in northeast philadelphia. no sign of the cold air this morning for atlantic city. 46 degrees, the melting continues at this hour. live view from cape may, looking at the marina. dry to start with. the rain will be moving in and we'll see heavy downpours this afternoon and into this evening. the rain is in western and central pennsylvania. it's slowly moving our way. we'll get a dry start in the philadelphia area but look closely in the allentown area, upper lehigh county, a few sprinkles starting to develop. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast is calling for rain gear today. you don't need the heavy coat, though, 52 for the pocono mountains. look at allentown, quakertown and reading, all around 60 degrees this afternoon. into the 60s for norristown, trenton and mt. holly. heaviest rain this afternoon and this evening is when you'll see it at the shore for atlantic city, cape may and rehoboth. temperatures way above normal. heavy rainfall during the afternoon after a dry start this
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morning. before the heaviest rainfall moves in, we have record temperatures this afternoon. low 60s for wilmington, drexel hill. 65 degrees in swedesboroç and philadelphia. that 65 breaks the record of 62 degrees setback in 2006. look at the extended forecast ahead for your weekend, too, when i'm back in just ten minutes. >> see you then, bill. thanks. let's check your ride to work if this is about the time you head out. 422, first alert traffic reporter jessica boyington has that. >> we aren't seeing any delay or volume yet. we're on 422 around trooper road. no problems on trooper road, headed eastbound to the schuylkill expressway, we're okay, a good drive time eastbound from 29 to the schuylkill is an eight-minute trip. the falls bridge is closed until about april for construction work. the pa turnpike is looking okay as well. no problems with the drive times
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here. 23 minutes from route 1 to valley forge. >> 11 minutes past 4:00. restaurant warning. this has nothing to do with the food. next, hackers hit several well-known restaurants across our area. and new information about this incident involving an amtrak train. [coughing]
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or all day. right now, nbc 10 first alert radar tracking heavy rain. it is a first alert day. so we can help you prepare for the wet weather and the threat of flooding today and tonight. it's 4:13. check your credit card statements. hackers hit at least nine restaurants in our area and several others nationwide.
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landry's and golden nugget casino say hackers installed software on credit card processing devices at its restaurant. morton's steakhouse, the chart house and mccormick and schmick's were affected. it happened between may of 2014 and december 2015. open the nbc 10 app for the complete list. the presidential hopefuls have shifted their focus to the next contest in new hampshire. here's a look at where the race for delegates stands on the republican side. the winner needs 1,237 delegates to lock up the nomination. ted cruz has the most with eight, followed by donald trump, marco rubio, both have seven delegates on the democratic side, hillary clinton pulled off a win. she now has 30 delegates. bernie sanders has 21. new hampshire holes the first primary in the nation next
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tuesday. the candidates have less than a week to gather support there. cruz rolled into the granite state yesterday riding on the momentum of monday's victory in iowa. he said his win means grass roots conservatives, not the establishment will determine the gop nominee. the texas senator also took aim at donald trump. >> six weeks ago donald trump was saying every day that i was his friend, that he loved me, that i was terrific, that i was nice. and now i'm an anchor baby. >> in the latest new hampshire gop poll trump has 22-point lead over cruz. trump spoke at a campaign rally in new hampshire yesterday. he accused the cruz campaign of playing dirty tricks on him and other candidates at the iowa caucus sites. he also slammed cruz for sending out voter violation mailers to caucusgoers. >> voter violation. and it talks about -- it gives grade, "f," "f," "f," "f." it says you can go vote but vote for him.
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honestly it's really, really dishonest. i think i know why. you know why? because he was born in canada! >> according to his campaign website, trump is scheduled to be in arkansas today and will return to the campaign trail in new hampshire on thursday. now to the democrats. both candidates hit the ground running in new hampshire. clinton campaigned alongside former congresswoman gabrielle giffords and her husband, mark kelly. bernie sanders has a double digit lead in new hampshire but clinton remained enthusiastic. >> new hampshire will have to decide who can go toe to toe with the republicans to makeç sure they don't wreck us again. >> following a close finish in the iowa caucuses, bernie sanders campaign says he raised about $3 million in 24 hours. that is the most they've raised in a single day. you can count on nbc 10 to bring you the latest from the campaign trail, george spencer will pick up our coverage this weekend in new hampshire. look for his reports beginning sunday night. and new jersey governor chris
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christie continues to campaign in new hampshire today. ahead in our next half hour, hear what people from his home state are saying about his chances in the next primary. it's 4:17 and 42 degrees in philadelphia. happening today, millionaire new york real estate heir robert durst is expected to enter a guilty plea on a felony firearm and drug charge in new orleans. he's also facing first degree murder in los angeles. he remans a suspect in the disappearance of his first wife. last year hbo featured durst in a crime documentary about his life. new information about the helicopter crash that killed 12 marines in hawaii last month. officials now say they have found trace elements of dna from the victims. two helicopters crashed during a training exercise. authorities are still investigating. one of the marines killed in the crash is from cumberland county, another is from chester conte. alabama is bracing for more severe weather this morning. check out this video. a tornado tore through the state
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yesterday taking out several trees, power lines and damaged homes. no reports of anyone hurt. six tornadoes have been reported in mississippi and alabama. and while parts of the south are getting hammered by the tornadoes and rain, the same storm system hits minnesota with snow. a snow emergency was declared in minneapolis and st. paul. the blizzard-like conditions forced an interstate to close there. state patrol reported 287 accidents on icy, low visibility roads across minnesota. in michigan, there is a winter storm warning. meteorologists say parts of that state could get 5 to 10 mpls of snow by this evening. that same storm system brought winter warnings to 1 states from new mexico to michigan. it will not deliver snow to us, just rain. let's get details on that from meteorologist bill henley. bill? >> that will arrive this afternoon, this evening. the first of it starts this morning. right now, dry, clouds are moving in. the temperatures they're holding up this morning. 43 degrees.
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that's 4 degrees warmer than yesterday. warm enough that the snow melt continues. it's a slow melt this morning. but that's going to be accelerated as rain moves in with gusty winds, even in the pocono mountains it's going to be raining today. that's a view from the blue mountain area this morning which will see clouds through the day and the heavy rain by later this morning and into this afternoon. satellite shows the clouds have already started to move in. it's a massive storm system. as tracy mentioned, produced severe weather in alabama, stretches into canada and we will see it roll into our area today. right now, the heavier rainfall is moving through tennessee and kentucky. and the showers, looking more impressive in western pennsylvania than in central pennsylvania at this point. it won't be heavy to begin with but during the late afternoon hours, probably right around commute time, that's when we'll see heavier downpours in the area and thatç could lead to se flooding. by 11:00 this morning, barely any rain coming down in philadelphia. just a light rain for pottstown
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and doylestown and still light showers in the allentown and reading area. but as we go into the afternoon, by 2:00, now we're seeing more significant rainfall. more than half an inch on the ground at that hour in reading while still very light rainfall in philadelphia. and then the heavy rain rolls through during the afternoon commute, 5:00 today. look at the rainfall coming down in philadelphia and into south jersey and delaware. by then it's already clearing out for areas north and west. by 7:00 this evening, the heaviest rainfall is pushing offshore. but we could see some flooding due to not only the heavy rain but melting snow and some snow is still on the ground and that's going to make it difficult for the ground to absorb the rain that is coming down. a few issues today as we go into afternoon and evening commute. this morning, we'll have no problems getting around. this afternoon, windy and warm. temperatures in record territory but heavy rainfall coming through late this afternoon and this evening. winds gusting to 30 miles an
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hour today. good news is, things are looking a whole lot better by the weekend. the temperatures won't be as warm. we wouldn't be setting records. it won't be bad, either, for february. first weekend of february will be dry for saturday and sunday. partly sunny on saturday up to 49 degrees. and then we warm into the 50s sunday afternoon. >> boy, that's a lot of rain and there's still a lot of snow to melt. >> it is. we have a couple things going on. first of all, snow is covering the ground so the threat comes from heavy rainfall and melting snow and water that's not being absorbed into the ground. >> right. >> the first threat this afternoon will be some road flooding or low-lying areas that tend to flood naturally. overnight tonight, the flood threat is from the rivers. all that water is going somewhere. >> right. >> heading to the rivers, the schuylkill river basin in pennsylvania is something to watch, pennsylvania and new jersey for late this afternoon and this evening. >> okay, bill, thanks. now let's get you updated on
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your ride to work, including the schuylkill expressway. jessica boyington has a look at that. >> the schuylkill expressway is dry right now. good news across the board here. here's montgomery drive, no be pros east or westbound. eastbound drive times from the blue route to the vine street expressway 12 minutes, speeds are in the 60s. we're good to go there. 202, still in the green, no problems north or southbound, an 11-minute trip. amtrak officials determined it was a rock that struck one of its trains in philadelphia over the weekend. it happened on send as the acela express was headed from new jersey to washington. the rock cracked the window. no one was hurt. pennsylvania state police are investigating a cheating scandal. hear why dozens of soon to be state troopers may be in trouble. bring your change to the jersey shore. the next ride along the boardwalk may cost you more money. we're con stop thely talking with our viewers via social
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4:25 and 42 degrees. a tram ride on the atlantic city boardwalk just got a little more expensive because of a state imposed luxury tax. riders will now pay $2.18 up from $2. from our delaware bureau, work is under way to repair beaches and dunes damaged during
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the blizzard of 2016. floodwaters washed over popular beaches in the state during the storm and now workers are replacing sand on beaches while others are fixing up their homes. some people we talked with said they're always preparing for the next storm but hoping it won't come. >> it's mother nature. she'll putç it back. it will be taken away again. >> they started work on rehoboth beach before focusing on bethany beach. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> 42 degrees. 4:26 and we are tracking rain moving into pennsylvania, arriving here later this morning and staying for the afternoon. your hour by hour forecast just ahead, jessica boyington is watching your first alert traffic. >> we're out in berlin, new jersey on route 73 around the berlin circle. one car right there is headed northbound towards the tacony palmyra bridge. no problems heading in that
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direction. today the threat is flooding but snow is it still on the minds of people living in norristown. hear why borough officials are re-evaluating their storm plan.
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this is nbc 10 news first alert weather. heavy rain is in the forecast for today and tonight which is why we have declared a first alert weather day. there's also concern about flooding. pennsylvania state police are investigating a cheating scandal in their ranks. officials have their eye on at least 40 police cadets. unholy acts. police say a man posing as a priest stole money from people, also promised bogus trips to see the pope here in philadelphia. it's 4:30. good morning.
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this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's check with meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast, talking about that rain headed our way, bill. >> it will be heavy rainfall for this afternoon. we have issued a first alert. there is a flood threat for later today, tonight and into tomorrow. flood watch for many of the area. heavy rain expected this afternoon and this evening during the commute and that will lead to some melting snow. the temperatures take off into record territory this afternoon. we will see a first alert day today and the rain that is causing it is just starting to move through delaware and baltimore. a few sprimplgs in delaware. the steadier rainfall is in north central maryland. look at the rain in western pennsylvania. that's what we'll be dealing with this afternoon. the first of it will start to move in this morning with temperatures climbing, 45 degrees at 6:00. really not cold outside this morning. 51 degrees at 9:00. scattered light showers but look at those winds. that's going to pump the temperature to 60 degrees by lunch time. i expect it wil

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