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>> ♪♪ >> happening now on "action news," localized flooding and conditions so hot schools are closing early. accuweather is tracking another unsettled day for the delaware and lehigh valleys. >> developing right now tropical storm billowed for the text coast predicted to dump more rain on regions already devastated by record floods. >> a building in west chester burns for hours. crews are still on the scene dousing hot spots. >> good morning, it's 5:30 now on this tuesday june 16. karen is in for dave murphy. she's got your accuweather and matt pelman is taking a look at traffic. good morning. >> good morning. while most of the day is going to be dry we're tracking the chance for severe weather. i have the best technology around to show you what's happening. we're starting with storm tracker six live double scan. dry in the city, maybe you feel a drizzle drop or two in one or two places and starting to see the beginning of a shower out here just east of
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reading. we look out to the west and start to see some of the showers build n we can pull out a wider view with storm tracker six live 3-d and you see the threat trouble out to the west associate were there you a cold front. heavy downpours not everybody is going to get them but those that do could see torrential downpours and damaging winds. that's why we're watching it so closely right now. let's look at the temperatures. that's another part of the story. it's hot, it's sticky out there. right now 75 degrees already in philadelphia. and look at the fog. that's a real problem this morning especially east of the city. .3 of a mile in allentown but as you travel right along the coastline half a mile in trenton, 1.3 in beach haven and .3 of a mile visibility in atlantic city so getting even worse there along the coastline. and looking at the temperatures for today a high of 91. you saw maybe there's a shower or sprinkle even a brief thunderstorm in one or two places. most of us stay dry all morning. by noon 87. by 3:00 p.m., 91 degrees. some of these strong thunderstorms coming through
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and by 6:00 p.m. 90. it will actually be 90 degrees with a thunderstorm in one or two places. matt. >> all right, karen, cameras reflecting what you're saying this morning with the fog north and east of the city. here in northeast philadelphia yeah, we are seeing some of it along woodhaven road route 63 right over top the roosevelt boulevard, route one. traffic is moving just fine but do you have to trop the speeds a little bit because visibilities are down. now this is the scene in delco and south and west. things are looking a little bit clearer in the skies and clear on the roadways as well. this camera is up pretty high so if it was foggy we would be all fogged in and wouldn't be able to see anything but you can see the roadway pretty well here in delco. overnight construction on 95 and on the vine street expressway has cleared. no delays yet. schuylkill also is looking good. overnight work on the pennsylvania turnpike westbound by willow grove is out of the way so all lanes reopened there. but on the new jersey turnpike if you're head north toward north jersey watch out they're investigating an overturned truck from the overnight hours near 8a jamesburg. two right truck lanes are blocked there and in princeton
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there's a water main break blocking the northbound lanes of 206 this morning near mountain avenue. harrison street gets you around that. >> thank you matt. philadelphia public schools have decided to throw in the towel before the heat reaches extremes this afternoon. "action news" reporter katherine scott live at roxborough high school to continue our weather coverage. katherine. >> reporter: matt, it's going to be another hot humid day today and students here at roxborough high school are going to be among those heading home early. if today happens to be your graduation day you'll want to check with your school to see if this early dismissal affects you. an early dismissal for all philadelphia school district schools. administrators made the decision to send students home at noon today based on excessive heat. there are a number of graduation ceremonies scheduled. those schools have the option to remain opened. just check with the school directly. another day of soaring temperatures follows some wild weather in some parts of our area. last night with the 4-inches of rain that fell in some
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parts of bethlehem came the flash flooding. cars were under water streets impassable. the hope house assisted living facility was evacuated. a giant truck was brought in to navigate the high water. easton avenue and willow park road turned to rivers surrounding the keystone pub. >> this is the first time i've seen it happen that fast. within 15 minutes the got pretty quickly -- it flooded pretty quickly. >> reporter: and we could see some more storms later on today. tomorrow though, look forward to a little relief from this heat. live in roxborough, katherine scott channel6 "action news." >> thanks katherine. elsewhere tropical storm bill is taking aim at the gulf coast of texas. parts of the state are still recovering from record floods. the storm is expected to make landfall sometime this morning. a voluntary evacuation is already under way in the pens l lines wrapped around a houston supermarket as people stocked up on supplies.
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school districts from houston down galveston have canceled classes. the national weather service predicts parts of north texas could get up to 9-inches of rain over the next five days. >> and new this morning, swat teams arrested a suspected gunman. police say he tried to escape a barricade situation in roxborough overnight. the suspect reportedly ran into his house on the 400 block of monastery street after firing a shot at two people on the street. one of those two people had a permit to carry a handgun and returned fire but amazingly in all of that no one was hit. police recovered the suspect's rifle during a sweep of his home. the gunman's wife, their two children and family friends were all inside that home at the time of the brief barricade. they're now all being questioned by detectives. it's still unclear what sparked the initial shooting. and tenants will be out in the morning heat surveying the damage from a three alarm fire in west chester overnight. so, let's go on over to erin o'hearn she's live at the big board with more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: tam, this is a
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big one. chopper six probably gives you the best perspective on how intense this fire was last night. flames erupted around 9 o'clock to this building in west chester which is mostly offices but the red cross has told us there are four apartments inside and the red cross is assisting one person. now, initially fire officials responded with two alarms but the blaze spread quickly and that was up to three alarms. let's take a look at some ground video. as you can see, there were multiple crews on the ground at the corner of market street and north church street. this was a stubborn one. it affected multiple buildings. the scene was a block away from the chester county courthouse and the fire took almost three hours to get under control. the word from officials was that at 11:50 firefighters finally got a handle on this. fortunately there were no injuries but again, that is largely attributed to the fact that this building is mostly offices and the fire started around 9 p.m. so, those offices were likely vacant at the time. fire companies continued to
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put out hot spots this morning as investigators tried to determine what caused the blaze. of course, if you are in the area this morning please note all traffic has been restricted because of the large amount of emergency vehicles and debris on the scene. matt, back to you. >> okay, erin, thank you. time now 5:37. philadelphia police are awaiting autopsy results on a decomposing body that was found in a grays ferry home. a neighbor discovered the body of the 51-year-old in the man's home yesterday. it was naked lying in the living room floor of the house in the 1500 block of south hollywood street. police believe the man had been dead for several days. he had no visible signs of trauma. the house was in disarray but officers are not discounting the possibility that the man was just sloppy. >> now to an "action news" exclusive. philadelphia police say they have finally foiled a motorcycle theft operation. police caught the alleged thieves in the act yesterday morning. they say a home on the 4200 block of mill street in holmesburg was turned into a chop shop. leonard harris and walter
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jacobs were arrested and charged. police were on the 3200 block of cottman avenue after they got called. witnesses said they saw the men trying to steal david vocht's gleaming yellow chopper yesterday morning. >> got my clutch set up. they couldn't get it started. the clutch won't pull in all the way. >> they had a dark colored suburban that had been used in previous thefts throughout the city. >> police say surveillance video from an attempted theft earlier this month shows harris and jacobs in that suburban. investigators say they expect to also make further arrests. >> things could really be happening this afternoon. >> yeah, and i don't think everybody is going to see a thunderstorm but the trouble is they're going to be so gusty with such torrential downpours you don't want to be driving in the middle of this its a little tricky. let's take a look at storm tracker six live double scan around the region we're basically dry. i want to go in a little tighter because with double scan you can see every little sprinkle. we have a little one forming near malvern and i'm seeing just a touch of yellow so it might be a quick hitter as it
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move to the east and green lane as well along the northeast extension just watch for that. let's go outside right now and see what it looks like. we're in the fog but it's not looking bad in cape may, is it? it's rather inviting. i think we should go and do the forecast down there why not. 74 degrees right now in philadelphia, the dewpoint spunt it feels uncomfortable with high humidity once again. the winds out of the east so light, so no break with the breeze and the barometric pressure holding steady. satellite6 and action radar showing lots of clouds, maybe a shower trying to pop up in the morning. the morning mostly dry. later today we're dealing with this, a cluster of thunderstorms and you can see our always on day planner to help you make plans around all that. future tracker six showing at 9 o'clock maybe there was a sprinkle in one or two places that move out of the there. the trouble really comes this afternoon. so, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon we see some thunderstorms forming and look at the dark colors there the purple, the red that indicates just driving rain with any one of these storms which is not surprising at such high dewpoints and the humidity out here. as the weak cold front comes through it will spark these
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storms here or therely. this is a look at 4:30. you get the idea it's kind of scattered a bit throughout area. at 6 o'clock still a thunderstorm or two through the region. during your drive time. but then those thunderstorms break the heat and humidity. it looks a lot better. look how clear this looks at midnight on wednesday so just hang out at midnight you'll be fine. but prior to that we could see strong gusty winds. we have a probability for severe weather low possibility for straight line winds that could get up to 60 miles an hour and that's certainly enough to produce damage. that's why we're just watching it so carefully here. day planner showing a high of 91 degrees by 8:00 a.m. the 79, by 11:00 85 degrees with clouds and sun. by were p.m. we start to see those thunderstorms in some spots. by 5:00 p.m. 85 degrees with a thunderstorm that brings that temperature down. here's a look at your exclusive accuweather 7-day humid today gusty thunderstorm, 91 degrees for your high temperature. so it's hot humid with a thunderstorm. tomorrow less humid, dry. it's a little bit of a nicer day, 84. we could see some showers and
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thunderstorms late at night wednesday into thursday but the daytime is dry. thursday some scattered showers and thunderstorms, maybe a couple morning and afternoon. and that will hold the temperature down to 79. on friday partly sunny skies and 87 degrees. on saturday, mostly cloudy skies and 85 degrees with some scattered showers and thunderstorms. sunday's father's day. also summer arrives. and you're going see a high of 90 degrees with a couple of thunderstorms. not a washout for the weekend, just unsettled on both days. monday hot with some thunderstorms and 91 degrees. so heating things up today and hot much of the seven day period. >> okay, thank you karen. it's now 5:41. next up a georgia man goes to extremes to try to stop a thief who jumps into his suv with his son still inside. >> a two-year-old disappears from her pittsburgh area home is that found dead an hour later. police suspect foul play. matt. >> matt, speed restrictions are up this morning at the betsy ross bridge because of the fog. you can see the fog here at the ben franklin bridge as well but we're still moving okay.
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however, a ramp closure overnight tonight in delco. i've got details on that after the break. >> a reptile in distress is now swimming in safer waters thanks to the coast guard. see the video later.
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hot, humid and there will be some spotty thunderstorms and the people who get them, karen rogers warns they'll be really coming down. >> matt what are we seeing in traffic. >> do you know what today is? >> no. >> national fudge day. i stopped and picked some up on the boardwalk this weekend so yes enjoy some fudge today. it's also national eat your vegetables day so we're trying to sort of balance things out. we're celebrating those things today. watching a little fog this morning and warning you about some construction tonight in the suburbs. they're going to be closing this ramp in delaware county. it's the ramp from the northbound lanes of 95 to the northbound lanes of 476 the blue route starting a new improvement project here so starting at 9:00 tonight this ramp is going to be closed just for the overnight hours. it will be opened by tomorrow morning's commute. but instead, if you're out and about during the overnight maybe use the ramps at 320 or up at ridly park instead of this ramp from northbound 95 to the northbound blue route. elsewhere in delco a new construction project started yesterday along macdade boulevard. that too is closing but
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during the mid days this week between oak lane there by the dunkin' donuts and clifton avenue by the district courts. maybe stay down on route 13 chester pike instead of macdade for the next few days and the closures of springfield road during the mid days also continue. in new castle county, new project started yesterday through mid august. they're closing mill town road by dickinson high school. two and seven get you around that. sinkhole in newark along martha washington avenue. time for the commuter report brought to you by the waze app. one of our friends talking about a pothole in the road in west philadelphia along chestnut street. zoom in and see exactly where it is coming in right around 48th street. matt and tam. >> okay, thank you matt. new here on "action news," security cameras caught a georgia man hanging off the side of his car as a thief drove away with his son still inside. he says it all began when he pulled into a gas station and he began to fill up a thief jumped into the car and took off. he went along for the ride clinging to the car for nearly a quarter of a mile. eventually his son was able to
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jump out of the moving car. he in the end broke his arm. his son though, was not seriously hurt. >> new this morning, al-qaeda's branch in yemen confirmed today that a cia drone strike took out the terror group's number two leader. meanwhile there are conflicting reports about wanted terrorist mokhtar belmokhtar. officials believe the al-qaeda leader was one of at least 17 people killed in an air strike over the weekend. mokhtar is not on an immediate list of casualties just listed by libyan militants. the u.s. filed terrorism charges against him saying he took part in a 2013 attack in algeria that left at least 35 hostages dead. >> some community members in san diego want punitive action against a cher rivers deputy much the deputy tase add teen boy. a rally was held last night claiming the deputy used excessive force. cell phone video from saturday captured part of the incident. the sheriff says when the deputy approached a group of young people he recognized one of them as a run away 13-year-old. the deputy says when he tried
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to get that boy to go home a scuffle ensued. police say the boy bit the officer so he tased him. the sheriff is defending the deputy. >> 5:48. a tangled turtle gets a helping handled from the coast guard along long island. >> and this fly at a sandwich shop, it was all caught on camera right through a window. karen. >> 91 degrees for your hot and humid high today with a gusty thunderstorm normally. we would be at 83. wouldn't that feel nice? not happening today. details on that seven-day forecast when "action news" comes right back. yeah, i'm married. does it matter? you'd do that for me? really? yeah, i'd like that. who are you talking to? uh, it's jake from state farm. sounds like a really good deal. jake from state farm at three in the morning. who is this? it's jake from state farm. what are you wearing jake from
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>> the coast guard released this new video of an animal rescue. members freed a tangled turtle. the leather back got caught in
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a lobster pod. the line was tightening around the animal's neck and fin when the coast guard intervened. they cut the neck and the turtle swam to safety. >> nice overall. not a terrible ride so far on this tuesday morning. as we head outside to 422 yeah, looking good, no eastbound delay yet. westbound will see delays during the midday today between 23 and this points at trooper road they're going to block a lane just like they did on the eastbound side yesterday. don't forget yesterday was the first day we were without trolley routes 101 and 102. you started riding the buses instead and that's costing you extra advertisement the route 15 suspension began over the weekend. again all of these going through labor day. you're on the buses instead of the trolleys. karen. >> yesterday with the low ceilings we had a lot of flight days in philadelphia, newark and new york city. we have problems with fog today. we're not seeing any flight delays. if you're headed out of town so far so good. let's look at the day ahead. by 9:00 a.m., 81 degrees.
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by noon 87, basically dry and then pretty early in the afternoon i'd say any time afternoon today we're going get chance for a gusty thunderstorm with some driving rain. by 3:00 p.m., 91 degrees with some scattered storms and by 6:00 p.m. 84 degrees coming down from that high of 91 with a scattered storm. humid today with a gusty thunderstorm, a high of 91. tomorrow's less humid dry until in it time, 84 degrees. wednesday night into thursday, we get some more showers and thunderstorms, tam. >> thank you karen. you can say two customers got fresh in a subway restaurant in maryland and this is new video -- cell phone video of this brawl. towson police arrested the man who could be seen slamming each other across the store until one man puts the other man through a glass window. the first man then fled the scene. police are trying to track that first man down. because he could face charges as well and it's still unclear what started this fight. also new here on "action news," police near pittsburgh say a suspect made a makeshift bomb with supplies out of an adult toy store.
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police robots detonated the the suspicious device found during a traffic stop yesterday. the driver turned out to be a bank robbery suspect. he told police he had a bomb but what they found inside the package was a sex toy wrapped with duct tape and an apparent detonator. the suspect finally surrendered to police. >> 5:53. up next, paying tribute to a delaware toddler who died in a tragic accident. >> also, rachel dolezal's comments after stepping down from the naacp and more details that have come out about her past. we'll be right back. every cup has a story. my dunkin'
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>> friends and family gathered in newark last night to remember the four-year-old girl who drowned in a delaware pond over the weekend. mariah selby wandered away from a picnic at george wilson community center on saturday. firefighters pulled her out of a retention pond. she later died at the hospital. police say the death remains under investigation. also new this morning, the discovery of a toddler's body in western pa is now being investigated as a homicide. two-year-old adriana williams was found dead in a wooded area a few miles away from her home. the discovery happened just one hour after her family reported her missing. police in allegany county believe someone who knew the girl killed her over the weekend and then dumped her body. the child's cause and manner of death are still pending further test results. police are following leads but they have not yet made any arrests. >> philadelphia district attorney seth williams says will he not reopen the criminal case against a police officer who shot and can killed brandon tate brown. his family held a news
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conference outside city hall yesterday calling on williams to consider new evidence. they argue video released last week contradicts police claims that tate brown was reaching into a car for a loaded pistol. police shot the 26-year-old at a mayfair traffic stop back in december saying the situation escalated when tate brown resisted arrest. >> he was happy with his life. and it was tooken from him by one person's judgment. one person made a decision. accountability is all i'm asking. >> tate brown's family is suing the city. supporters are calling on the federal government to get involved. >> it's 5:57. and new this morning, the search is on for the drive by shooter who seriously wounded someone in philadelphia overnight. >> a drugstore giant targets pharmacies. what it means for your medicine next on "action news." >> ♪♪
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>> ♪♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪♪ >> good morning everyone, it's 6 o'clock on this tuesday june 16th and here's what's happening. >> from steamy to stormy accuweather is tracking another hot and humid day and we'll have the chance for thunderstorms. >> a violent home invasion leaves a delaware county family terrorized. >> the woman at the center of a race controversy in washington state steps down. it's not done yet. >> first looking out for heat and storms. karen filling in for david and matt pelman has traffic. >> it feels goals out here. we have a lot of moisture in the atmosphere. we've got fog, it's warm, it's sticky and a few drizzle drops as well. storm tracker six live

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