PA Turnpike Alert

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Accident I-276 between Norristown and Fort Washington
Interchanges:   333-Norristown – 339-Fort Washington
Mileposts:      334 – 334
Direction:      Eastbound
Lanes Affected: Left Lane
Traffic Flow:   At Reduced Speeds
Report(Type):   Initial
Date/Time:      3/26/2015 5:47:02 PM
Vehicle accident blocking the left lane; use caution and watch for
emergency crews in the area.

Roadwork slated for I-78 in Berks County

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County: Berks Municipality: Bethel Township

ROAD NAME: Interstate 78
BETWEEN: Exit 13 (PA 501) AND Exit 17 (PA 419)
Type of Work: Inspection
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Bridge Inspection Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: 3/30/2015 Westbound lane restriction.
3/31/2015 Eastbound lane restriction.

START DATE: 03/30/2015 Est. Completion Date: 03/31/2015
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 3:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES

County: Berks Municipality: Tilden

ROAD NAME: Interstate 78
BETWEEN: Exit 30 (Hamburg) AND Lebanon County Line
Type of Work: Sweeping
Work being Done By: PENNDOT Maintenance Forces
Type of Restriction: Daytime
RESTRICTION: Moving operation. Please use caution while driving through the

work zone.

START DATE: 04/01/2015 Est. Completion Date: 04/02/2015
Restrictions in Effect (time of day): 9:00 AM To 2:00 PM
Will Rain Cause Delays? YES

HEAVY SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS MOVING INTO AREA

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HEAVY SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS MOVING INTO AREA...

AT 521 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A DEVELOPING LINE OF HEAVY
SHOWERS WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS JUST TO THE NORTHWEST OF
HARRISBURG...MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

40 MPH WIND GUSTS WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE SHOWERS.

THE LINE OF SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE NEAR...
CARROLL VALLEY...CASHTOWN AND ORRTANNA AROUND 550 PM EDT.
GETTYSBURG AND HARRISBURG AROUND 600 PM EDT.
LITTLESTOWN...BONNEAUVILLE AND LAKE HERITAGE AROUND 610 PM EDT.

 

PENNSYLVANIA SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

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NWS Logo PEMA Logo Skywarn Spotter Logo
THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN PENNSYLVANIA. 

NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON.

WE ARE COVERING A DIFFERENT SAFETY TOPIC EACH DAY OF THIS WEEK.
  
OUR SEVERE WEATHER AND WEATHER SAFETY TOPIC FOR TODAY IS...
RIVER FLOODING AND RIVER FLOOD SAFETY. 

PENNSYLVANIA HAS AN EXTENSIVE RIVER SYSTEM THAT IS SCENIC AND 
BEAUTIFUL. MOST OF THE TOWNS AND CITIES WERE FOUNDED ON THE BANKS OF 
A RIVER OR LARGE CREEK. THIS MEANS THAT WHEN RIVER LEVELS 
RISE...MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED AT THE SAME TIME. THE RISING 
RIVER WATERS CAN BECOME DESTRUCTIVE...AND EVEN DEADLY. 
SIGNIFICANT...WIDESPREAD RIVER FLOODS HAVE OCCURRED IN PENNSYLVANIA 
ALMOST EVERY YEAR.

WHAT CAUSES RIVER FLOODS?

GENERALLY...RIVER FLOODS HAPPEN DUE TO PROLONGED PERIODS OF
WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL. 

OUR RIVERS CAN FLOOD ANYTIME OF THE YEAR. IN SPRING AND 
SUMMER...COMPLEXES OF SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS CAN CAUSE THE RIVERS 
TO FLOOD. DURING LATE SUMMER AND FALL...HEAVY RAIN FROM TROPICAL 
STORMS AND HURRICANES ARE THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF RIVER FLOODING. 

SOMETIMES...AN EXTENSIVE SNOW MELT OCCURS AT THE SAME TIME AS HEAVY 
RAIN. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING WHEN 
THE SNOW PACK OF THE PREVIOUS WINTER MELTS AWAY. THE DESTRUCTIVE 
FLOODING OF JANUARY 1996 WAS ONE SUCH SITUATION WHERE SNOW MELT AND 
HEAVY RAIN COMBINE TO PUSH RIVER LEVELS EVEN HIGHER. 

RIVER FLOODING CAN RESULT IN WIDESPREAD PROPERTY DAMAGE AND MAY 
RESULT IN LOSS OF LIFE. MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE DEATHS 
ASSOCIATED WITH FLOODING ARE AUTOMOBILE RELATED.

WHAT DOES A FLOOD WATCH MEAN?

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING TO OCCUR...
NOT THAT RIVER FLOODING IS OCCURRING. A FLOOD WATCH IS TYPICALLY 
ISSUED FOR AN AREA MANY COUNTIES IN SIZE...AND IS USUALLY ISSUED 12 
TO 24 HOURS BEFORE FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO START. WITH THE ADVANCE 
NOTICE OF A WATCH...YOU WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE 
FLOODING.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN A FLOOD WATCH IS ISSUED?

GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL ACTIVITIES...BUT MAKE PERIODIC CHECKS OF NOAA 
WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE FLOOD 
WARNINGS. LISTEN FOR RIVER LEVEL FORECASTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE. GET READY TO MOVE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY OUT OF THE AREAS 
THAT ARE KNOWN TO FLOOD. IF YOU LIVE IN THE FLOOD PLAIN...BE 
PREPARED TO EVACUATE IF ORDERED TO DO SO. 

IF YOU LIVE OR WORK IN AN AREA WHICH IS PRONE TO FLOODING... HAVE A 
SAFE EVACUATION ROUTE TO USE IF FLOODING OCCURS. MAKE SURE EVERYONE 
IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE KNOWS WHERE TO GO IF FLOODING OCCURS. MOVE UP 
TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. KEEP A BATTERY OPERATED 
RADIO...AND SEVERAL WORKING FLASHLIGHTS AVAILABLE. TAKE PRECAUTIONS 
TO SECURE YOUR PROPERTY.

WHAT DOES A RIVER FLOOD WARNING MEAN?

A RIVER FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT RIVER LEVELS WILL EXCEED FLOOD 
STAGE AT CERTAIN POINTS ALONG OUR LARGER RIVERS...LIKE THE 
SUSQUEHANNA AND JUNIATA RIVERS. 

BECAUSE RIVER FLOODS TAKE LONGER TO DEVELOP THAN FLASH FLOODING 
DOES...RIVER FLOODS MAY NOT POSE AS MUCH OF A THREAT TO LIFE...
BUT RIVER FLOODS CAN TAKE A MUCH LARGER TOLL ON PROPERTY AND 
INFRASTRUCTURE.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN A RIVER FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED?

GATHER ALL NECESSARY ITEMS...INCLUDING MEDICINE AND CLOTHING...IN 
THE EVENT THAT YOU CANNOT RETURN HOME FOR SEVERAL DAYS. MAKE 
ARRANGEMENTS TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY BY MOVING YOUR VALUABLES TO 
HIGHER GROUND...OR TO AN UPPER LEVEL OF YOUR HOME.

OBEY EVACUATION ORDERS FROM EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OR LOCAL LAW 
ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS...AVOIDING ANY ROADS THAT ARE OR MAY BE 
COVERED WITH WATER.

 

Kick Butts Days Youth Essay Contest Winners

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WEST CHESTER –The Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition (CCTFC) and Chester County Health Department (CCHD) hosted the annual Kick Butts Day youth essay contest public reading event at the Chester County Government Services Center on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Nine finalists at the event, all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, read personal and factual essays about the impact of electronic cigarettes on today’s youth. Attendees included finalists’ families, friends, school personnel, community members, and Senator Andy Dinniman, 19th Senatorial District. The finalists were awarded with certificates of achievement from Senator Dinniman and State Representative Duane Milne. .

More than 120 essays were submitted for this year’s contest.The 2015 finalists are youth advocates from five Chester County schools: Bethany Christian School, Fred S. Engle Middle School, Saint Agnes School, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish School and Saints Philip and James School.

Read the top ten Kick Butts Day essays at www.chesco.org/health.

Contest winners

  • 1st Place: John D’Ambrosio, Fred S. Engle Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Erin Byrd, Saint Agnes School
  • 3rd Place: Annie Daly, Saint Agnes School
Finalists
  • Caroline Antunes, Fred S. Engle Middle School
  • Lauren Bradley, Saints Philip and James School
  • Samantha Jones, Saint Agnes School
  • Gabrielle Gildea, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School
  • Heather Mullins, Bethany Christian School
  • Abby Osborne, Fred S. Engle Middle School
  • Eliza Wright, Fred S. Engle Middle School

Kick Butt Contestants1

Sgt. Rodger Ollis, City of Coatesville Police Department, and Senator Andy Dinniman awarding the finalists with certificates of achievement.Pictured above (from left to right): Sgt. Rodger Ollis, Senator Andy Dinniman, Samantha Jones (Saint Agnes School), Erin Byrd (Saint Agnes School), Heather Mullins (Bethany Christian School), Gabrielle Gildea (St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School), Lauren Bradley (Saints Philip and James School), Annie Daly (Saint Agnes School), Abby Osborne (Fred S. Engle Middle School), Eliza Wright (Fred S. Engle Middle School), John D’Ambrosio (Fred S. Engle Middle School).

Kick Butt Contestants2

Pictured above (top): Senator Andy Dinniman, Lindsay C. Smith (CCTFC), Samantha Jones (Saint Agnes School), Annie Daly (Saint Agnes School), Abby Osborne (Fred S. Engle Middle School), Eliza Wright (Fred S. Engle Middle School), Sgt. Rodger Ollis (City of Coatesville Police Department). Pictured above (bottom): Erin Byrd (Saint Agnes School), Heather Mullins (Bethany Christian School), Lauren Bradley (Saints Philip and James School), Gabriella Gildea (St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish School), John D’Ambrosio (Fred S. Engle Middle School).

This event is sponsored by the Chester County Health Department and the Chester County Tobacco-Free Coalition(CCTFC). CCTFC’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all Chester County residents by reducing tobacco use and addiction among youth and adults. For more information, call 610-344-5209.

AIR QUALITY ALERT

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AIR QUALITY ALERT IS IN EFFECT FOR TUESDAY MARCH 10...

THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT TUESDAY FOR THE
SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY.

A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT MEANS THAT AIR POLLUTION
CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN THE REGION MAY BECOME UNHEALTHY FOR
SENSITIVE GROUPS. SENSITIVE GROUPS INCLUDE CHILDREN...PEOPLE
SUFFERING FROM ASTHMA... HEART DISEASE OR OTHER LUNG
DISEASES...AND THE ELDERLY. THE EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION CAN
BE MINIMIZED BY AVOIDING STRENUOUS ACTIVITY OR EXERCISE OUTDOORS.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY

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DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EDT
WEDNESDAY...

* VISIBILITIES...DROPPING TO ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS.

* IMPACTS...AREAS OF DENSE FOG WILL CAUSE RAPID REDUCTIONS IN
  VISIBILITY AND HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WIDESPREAD DENSE FOG WILL
SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES...RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS
DRIVING CONDITIONS OVER MOST OF THE ADVISORY AREA. MOTORISTS ARE
ADVISED TO SLOW DOWN...USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS OR FOG LIGHTS...
AND KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU.
CONSIDER ALLOWING EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.