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roads and knocking down trees and powerlines. we have it all plus accuweather next. i wonder what else could be better around here? (husband) i heard that. switching to better internet is now easier than ever. only fios has the fastest internet available, with uploads up to 5x faster than cable. get 100 meg upload and download speeds. plus tv and phone for just $69.99 a month online with no annual contract. switch to better. switch to fios. ♪ "action news," delaware valley's leading news program with jim gardner. this was the scene just minutes ago. it was raining just about as hard as it can rain in center city, philadelphia. we were warned about torrential rain and dangerous winds and
that's what we got. meanwhile the weather stopped a ground stop at philadelphia international. no flights going out or coming in. wednesday night, the big story on "action news" is a night of heavy, heavy rain and wicked winds. and while the tornado threat is now ending, we are facing serious flash flooding. the system sparking tornados down south barrelled into the delaware valley and it took a toll on trees, intern causing considerable damage. this is how it looked after a tree crashed into a house in new jersey. this was the scene in downingtown tonight where street lights were out. no electric treesity here. the storm has plunged tens of thousands of people in our area into the dark tonight. peco has nearly 15,000 pse&g
8300 outages mostly camden county. and atlantic city close to 10,000 and delmarva power under 800. and live in sheltonham, first we go to meteorologist cecily tynan. we had a tornado warning in lancaster county. does it mean it's likely a twister did touch down there? >> it was either a tornado or straight-line wind damage. something you typically do not get in late february. the storm system, the squall line that tryingled the warning in lancaster county at 7:30 has broken up and pushed north and east. it was sitting over philadelphia about 45 minutes and we got the training of the heavy rain. now it is really beginning to lift up. it is between i-95 and the jersey turnpike and stretching south of trenton. 15 lightning strikes associated with it. it is beginning to lose a lot of wind energy, but i show you the rainfall rates. starting transition where the main concern is the potential
for flash flooding. where we have the purple, that is it rain falling at the rate of two inches her hour. that really was sitting over philadelphia for the bet are part of the past hour. because of that, we have a lot of flash flooding. the highways are a mess. the flash flood warning really right along the i-95 corridor until 2:30 and a flash flood warning for lehigh valley until 2:00 tomorrow morning dropping a tremendous amount of rain, 1 1/2 to 2 inches. and the possible tornado near county, and a tornado watch extended now for new jersey. and over for delaware and pennsylvania extended until 1:00 for new jersey. and talking when the storms finally exit the coast in the full accuweather forecast. jim? >> thank you, cecily. talking about flash flooding going thrive to "action news" reporter dann cuellar on township line road in
cheltenham. what are you seeing there? >> for over an hour it was rocking and rolling. and reminded me of hurricane floyd when it sat over us and poured and poured and poured. it was coming down so fast the water had no place to go. that meant the streets were beginning to flood. this is what we saw tonight in cheltenham and township line. and you can see, i mean the car is trying to get through here. this water was coming down so fast. and they were trying to get through, a lot of these little roadways here that you find in cheltenham township. it was amazing to see the water come down at such an incredible speed, and to watch within minutes these roads were beginning to flood from the flash flooding we saw on here. now there was also other problems that were going on here. we saw downed trees.
of course here on the township line, this was the scene on township line where a tree knocked down power lines and they had to shutdown the road and it remains shutdown at this moment where they work to try to clear this tree and these power lines. so it is probably going to be like that for awhile this is just indicative of one of the scenes we have seen. the lightning, it was so intense it turned night into daylight it was that bright. and it was like flash bulbs on a camera, but much bigger. it was intense height anything and relentless. it would not end. quite the storm that passed enthusiastic here. back to you. >> dann cuellar reporting, thank you. a cumberland county daycare closed tomorrow because a tree fel fell onto it tonight. and in vineland, a tree punched a hole in the roof.
insulation as you see fell down. fortunately, nobody was inside when this happened. >> something like this, we are definitely not happy. but we are happy that everybody is safe and ok. >> the facility cares for 80 children. the storm had its way with a burger king. strong winds knocked the sign into the restaurant on the 5900 block of rising sun avenue. a state of emergency has been declared in virginia after severe storms left three people dead. other parts of the south are also dealing with extreme weather. there have been at least 31 reported tornados in the past 24 hours in five states. pensacola, florida has been particularly hard-hit. wind speeds there estimated at 155 miles per hour. the "action news" morning tree will be monitoring the effects of the storm overnight and have the very latest beginning at 4:30 a.m. pennsylvania governor tom wolf has prostate cancer. the governor and his wife,
francis, talked to reporters this morning in harrisburg. wolf said the cancer was discovered a couple of months ago during a routine physical and confirmed a couple of weeks ago with additional testing. the good news here is that the prostate cancer is in a very early stage. >> how do you feel? >> i feel great. >> are you scared? >> really, detected very early and so the procedure is going to be a truly minor one. >> wolf said that he will not need chemotherapy but will be getting treatment over the coming weeks. he said it will not interfere with him doing his job as governor. his wife, francis, said this will be beaten. wolf said his case shows the importance of regular check-ups and early detection. philadelphia police busted up a major car theft ring taking
suspects in custody. chad pradelli has been following the case and has the exclusive report. >> investigators say the trio stole nearly two dozen vehicles, mainly contractor trucks. major crimes say trenton and smith would target ford trucks and advance similar to these. >> triggering the work advance for the items inside for tools and things of that nature. >> while the suspects could steal they couldn't drive. two weeks ago they allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into two occupied cars and two beat cars captured them and smith crashed another stolen vehicle but got away and left his cell phone behind, butting defectives on his scent. and yesterday he was caught in a stolen ford taurus. >> most of the time it was late overnight hours. it actually ran a game -- gammot
of locations. and they say one night they stole four vehicles and after taking tools they dumped them. and search warrants at the suspect's home in kensington. inside the detectives found tools and other items allegedly stolen from the victims. >> this is an ongoing investigation. at some time we will probably reach out to the public to try to get everybody's merchandise and things we coughed back to them. >> the investigators say most of the vehicles were recovered but several remain missing. chad pradelli for channel 6 "action news." the office of pennsylvania attorney general will now investigate the incident last month involving union chief john dougherty and a non-union contractor. this surveillance video shows dougherty walking towards joshua keesee who claims that dougherty
punched him in the face and broke his nose. a dougherty spokesman says that the ibew claims that he threw a punch in self-defense. fall-out from the alleged cheating scandal at the pennsylvania state police academy. 29 cadets are dismissed or resigned three weeks before graduation. accused of getting information on test questions before they took the exams. celebrating center city newest and highest hotels. transformed into the logan hotel, 400 invited to a cocktail party for the official grand opening. high-end entertainment. still to come, abc's sit-down interview with apple c.e.o. took and why his company will not help the f.b.i. crack into a terrorist's phone. and ducis rodgers with the
number one nova against xavier. and a warning for mercer county, the storm system finally pulling away from us and letting you know when we see the sunshine return in the full forecast. was it suicide or someone pull the trigger? speaking with a local mother claiming that her daughter was killed at the hands of a philadelphia cop. this is a story that only one living person knows the anticipates to. what happened the day that 29-year-old erica was shot in the home she shared with her y boyfrie boyfriend. and calling for the case to be open and the expert opinion and evidence and you decide. that and more when "action news" continues tonight. low, building african-style musc
♪ (vo) you can pass down a subaru forester. (dad) she's all yours. (vo) but you get to keep the memories. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. the c.e.o. of apple says software to crack the iphone would be more than just dangerous, it would be the equivalent of cancer. tim cook sat down for an interview with abc news today. the u.s. government wants appear toll create a backdoor into the
iphone of farook, one of the san bernardino shooters. >> this case is not about my phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the u.s. >> the f.b.i. tried and failed at cracking the code themselves. after 10 failed tries the phone becomes permanently inaccessible. the philadelphia police under the watchful eye of the justice department facing scrutiny over how they investigate officer shootings. one mother's believe that her daughter was killed at the hands of a philadelphia cop. a case ruled suicide in 2012. and wenty saltzman has to story. >> and no mother want to believe
her daughter would kill herself, but "action news" learned the highest ranks of police commission are questioning whether allegations of domestic abuse are left out. 29 year old erica was sharon's only daughter. >> she is my life. >> saying erica always saw the best in people, including her fiancee. >> she loved him. he was broke and she was going to fix him. >> the year and a half relationship was on rocky ground and her daughter said they are car was packed with belongings and coming home after her fiancee asked her to leave. >> 19 minutes i get the phone call. >> and the e.m.s. reports a female with a gunshot wound to the head and copious amounts of
blood on the body. the room was a crime scene and investigation turned over to homicide. >> she didn't shoot herself period, it wasn't suicide. >> and conflicting accounts of what transpired prior to the event. she said her daughter's relationship was volatile incheweding past issues with him allegedly putting his hands on her. and there were allegations that erica was abusing prescriptions and they found low levels of antianxiety meds in her system. and they ruled it was a suicide. the philadelphia police advisory commission executive director sent this letter to the former police commissioner charles ramsay asking to reopen the case. >> it is our job to try to follow-up on those details and try to shed some light on what was done properly, what was not done. >> including a history of alleged domestic violence as
evidence of an emergency room report. and a month earlier she had bruising on her legs told nurses she was abused by her boyfriend but afraid to call the police because her boyfriend was a police officer. after the police were called she said it was an accident and did not want to press charges. >> do you believe the case was handled differently because a police officer was involved. >> it is an interesting question and we don't have answers yet. >> according most baffling, why a gun test was not performed on the officer. >> a medical examiner. it is consistent with a suicide, and also that maybe someone else pulled the trigger. >> it was what what not mentioned. >> this was no mention of blood splatter upon the right hand. >> and it would have been on the
hand of anyone shooting that gun at close range. >> i would probably reopen it and call it undetermined. >> what does that say about the case? the officer declined a request for interview and we asked the philadelphia police. >> i think we went above and beyond what is normally done because it is a police officer. >> telling "action news" that the case has been investigated by the department four separate times and all four times it was ruled a suicide. and the report of domestic violence -- >> it is a death investigation. the domestic violence happened previously would be relevant if it was a homicide. >> and they failed to test the officer for gun residue. >> if you do that test and it comes back negative which it probably could have, you give that person a defense. >> they told "action news" if new information comes to light they can amend the death certificate and they launched
their own investigation and talking to was oers. but they have to plans to reopen the case. >> it is not now an active investigation. >> not within the police department. the police advisory commission are looking to get the answers they seek. >> a very different investigation, thank you. heart attack survivors got to thank first responders who helped safe their lives. new castle paramedics with this reunion, but not just professionals. 32 civilians are honored for performing c.p.r. until health arrivals. i do and a crossing guard awarded for putting herself in harm's way to save a child. and they posed for pictures
since she has rehabilitated from her injuries. and cecily tynan and the forecast. an extraordinary night of weather in the delaware we'll and into the lehigh valley. >> this is the storm we typically see the middle of summer. the good news it is done for pennsylvania and almost for south jersey. showing the squall line has really broken up. we still have pockets of thunderstorms in new jersey. that one i showed you during the tease with the severe thunderstorm warning, that is moving at 100 miles per hour. it is northeast of trenton along route 1. and a cluster of gust y thunderstorms, not severe, but high winds along the garden state parkway. ahead of the cold front. the cold front sweeping through
later tonight and that will bring slightly cooler air. the rain totals showing you what was going on. really getting hit with buckets of rain. philadelphia almost two inches of rain and most of that in the past hour. we had training of storms right over the heart of center city. allentown close to 3 inches, reading, wilmington all more than an inch of rain. millville about a half inch of rain. trenton more than an inch. that has caused localized flooding, flash flooding and also moderate flooding, the brandy wine croak, east branch should be cresting 4:00 in the morning two feet above flood stage. and the kristina river is crusting at 1:00 in the morning a little less than two feet above flood stage, moderate flooding. temperatures, it doesn't feel like february.
reading 61. and a cold front sweeps through tonight dropping the temperatures into the 40's overnight. and temperatures really don't rise much during the day tomorrow. almost study. action radar showing the storm system, the squall line that pulled through breaking up the actual cold front across central pennsylvania. that can bring us an additional shower but not looking at more severe weather overnight. great news. tomorrow is a day of transition. we start with a temperature of 49 degrees at 7:00. look it barely goes anywhere. 10:00, 50. 1: 1: 1:00, 52. and lots of clouds and occasion wall shower. nothing like today. a little windy. but the real winds of change arrive friday. tomorrow wind up to about 30 miles per hour and a shower possible, a lot of clouds and 53 degrees. friday, winds 40 miles per hour. and the wind chills about 32 degrees, feeling like winter again. saturday the wind diminish and
chilly and sunny, 44 degrees. is sunday, here come the warm temperatures again. 60 with sunshine. and monday, 60 with a possibility of a shower. the first day of march sunny and child. and wednesday most highway cloudy and a high of 52 degrees. and david murphy will have the full list of the storm reports on actions beginning at 4:30. a wild night. and advisory board marking black history month. speaking to the group that gathered at the view in north philadelphia. the title of tonight's event, 50 years after the civil rights act.
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switch to better. switch to fios. so it appears that the eagles are in the process of trying to resolve the quarterback question. >> it looks like sam bradford is their guy, and i don't think he is going to get the $20 million the franchise who have given him. eagles at the combine in indy and the quarterback position is on their mind, but it doesn't mean the q.b. they want is there. they already feel they have their man in bradford. and the head coach confirmed that the eagles are negotiating with sam bradford's agent. he can test the open mark beginning march 9. the eagles are not being coy, on record saying they want him back. >> sam is part of the eagle organization. what he has done in the last half of last year i think has given him the opportunity to stay in philadelphia.
being a player in his shoes you have to be somewhere and i think sam wants to be in philadelphia. earlier today the eagles released linebacker ryan, and it saves the birds about $3.5 million in salary cap space. the 31-year-old spent time here but production has dropped the last two years. and the sixers with ugly loss this is season, add another one to the category. on the road in detroit. here is your lone sixer highlight. robert covington at the end of the first quarter. third quarter, blowing by everyone and sixers lose by 20, 111-91. the flyers host minnesota tomorrow. the team ruled giroux out because of a concussion.
number one ranked villanova on the road at xavier. earlier the head coach wright says he enjoys game like this, but he won't say that about how they play. nova suddenly down by 9 points. the cats play catch-up throughout the second half. and the jumper pulls them within 1 point. they shoot the ball well, 50%, and the ultimate high-percentage shot. number one villanova taken down 90-83. st. joe's bounces back from saturday's loss to davidson. wins at umass improving to 23-5. and la salle and fortham, floppy with the ball. the fortham wins. and there is so much focus
on ryan howard at phillies spring training he may be sharing first base, he has something to prove as well. darin rup .371 against left-handed pitching and why he wants to get him at-bats. nothing will be handed to him. >> i have to go out and earn it and i have to swing the bat well and the ball has to fall in. and i have to help the team win. if i am doing that, you know, players play themselves into more playing time and hopefully i can do that. >> if you could combine the two players that would be great. >> all right. "jimmy kimmel live" next on channel 6. his guests tonight, gordon ramsay, jurnee smollett-bell, and music from wolfmother. "action news" continues at 4:30. for the entire "action news" team i'm jim gardner, good night.