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Flash Flood Watch

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Adams-York-Lancaster-
Including the cities of Gettysburg, York, and Lancaster
1040 PM EDT Fri Jun 1 2018

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM EDT SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for a portion of central Pennsylvania,
  including the following areas, Adams, Lancaster, and York.

* Until 8 AM EDT Saturday

* Heavy rain has begun over much of the watch area and more heavy
  rain is likely before 2 or 3 AM EDT. Flash flooding is possible
  in the next few hours. The threat of heavy rain should end
  overnight.

Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal.
NOAA's GOES-16 satellite (now GOES-East) captured this infrared/visible image of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017.

Forecasters predict a 35 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season for the upcoming hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to November 30.

“With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.”

NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70-percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes.

Hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms.
Hurricane season probability and numbers of named storms. (NOAA)

The possibility of a weak El Nino developing, along with near-average sea surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, are two of the factors driving this outlook. These factors are set upon a backdrop of atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are conducive to hurricane development and have been producing stronger Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995.

“NOAA’s observational and modeling enhancements for the 2018 season put us on the path to deliver the world’s best regional and global weather models,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction. “These upgrades are key to improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts, allowing NOAA to deliver the best science and service to the nation.”

Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, gives a summary of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook.
Dr. Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, gives a summary of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook. (NOAA)

NOAA’s suite of sophisticated technologies – from next-generation models and satellite data to new and improved forecast and graphical products – enable decision makers and the general public to take action before, during, and after hurricanes, helping to build a more “Weather-Ready Nation.” New tools available this year to assist in hurricane forecasts and communications include:

  • NOAA’s fleet of earth-observing satellites is more robust than ever with the successful launch of the GOES-17 satellite in March. This satellite, along with the GOES-16 satellite – now GOES-East – contribute to a comprehensive picture of weather throughout the Western Hemisphere, allowing forecasters to observe storms as they develop.

  • The new polar-orbiting satellite, NOAA-20, will join the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite and use a suite of sophisticated instruments to gather high-resolution data from around the globe to feed NOAA’s weather models, driving the 3-7 day weather forecast that is critical to preparedness and effective evacuations.

  • The National Weather Service will run a version of the Global Forecast System (called FV3 GFS) with a new dynamic core alongside the current GFS model – often referred to as the American model – during the 2018 season. This will mark the first dynamic core upgrade to NOAA’s flagship weather model in more than 35 years, representing the first step in re-engineering NOAA’s models to provide the best possible science-based predictions for the nation.

  • NOAA’s hurricane-specific model – the Hurricane Weather Research and Forecast system – will be upgraded to offer greater resolution than ever before, increasing model resolution from 1.2 miles to 0.9 miles (2 km to 1.5 km) near the center of a storm. Additionally, the Hurricanes in a Multi-scale Ocean coupled Non-hydrostatic model was first implemented in 2017 and will undergo upgrades for the 2018 season to include greater resolution, new physics and coupling with ocean models.

  • NOAA’s National Hurricane Center will make the Arrival Time of Tropical-Storm-Force Winds graphics operational for this hurricane season. One graphic displays the “earliest reasonable” arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds, at which point further preparedness activities could be hindered. A second graphic displays the “most-likely” arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds.

2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names.
2018 Atlantic tropical cyclone names. (NOAA)

“Preparing ahead of a disaster is the responsibility of all levels of government, the private sector and the public,” said acting FEMA Deputy Administrator Daniel Kaniewski. “It only takes one storm to devastate a community so now is the time to prepare. Do you have adequate insurance, including flood insurance? Does your family have a communication and evacuation plan? Stay tuned to your local news and download the FEMA app to get alerts, and make sure you heed any warnings issued by local officials.”

In addition to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, NOAA also issued seasonal hurricane outlooks for the eastern and central Pacific basins. An 80 percent chance of a near- or above-normal season is predicted for both the eastern and central Pacific regions. The eastern Pacific outlook calls for a 70-percent probability of 14 to 20 named storms, of which 7 to 12 are expected to become hurricanes, including 3 to 7 major hurricanes. The central Pacific outlook calls for a 70-percent probability of 3 to 6 tropical cyclones, which includes tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes.

NOAA will update the 2018 Atlantic seasonal outlook in early August, just prior to the peak of the season.

PECO TO RESTRICT OLD EAGLE SCHOOL ROAD WEEKDAYS FOR UTILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY

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05/25/2018

King of Prussia, PA – PECO is planning lane restrictions on Old Eagle School Road in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County next week, followed by a closure and detour, for gas main replacement, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The work schedule is:
• Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Eagle School Road between Pugh Road and Upper Gulph Road; and
• Monday, June 4, through mid-September, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Old Eagle School Road is scheduled to close weekdays between Pugh Road and Upper Gulph Road. During the weekday closure, Old Eagle School Road motorists will be detoured over Devon Park Drive, Warner Road, Croton Road, Radnor Road and Upper Gulph Road.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.
PECO will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

U.S. 202 SOUTH LANE, RAMP RESTRICTIONS NEXT WEEK AND WEEKEND FOR RAMP CONSTRUCTION IN CHESTER COUNTY

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King of Prussia, PA –  Southbound U.S. 202 and the ramp to U.S. 30/Exton Bypass each will be reduced from two lanes to one at night next week and next weekend for concrete pavement repairs in East Whiteland and West Whiteland townships, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.
The work schedule is:
• Tuesday, May 29, through Thursday, May 31, from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM the following morning, the right through lane on southbound U.S. 202 will be closed at the U.S. 30/Exton Bypass Interchange along with the left lane of the two-lane ramp to U.S. 30/Exton Bypass; and
• From 8:00 PM Friday, June 1, continuously through 5:00 AM Monday, June 4, the right through lane on southbound U.S. 202 will be closed at the U.S. 30/Exton Bypass Interchange along with the left lane of the two-lane ramp to U.S. 30/Exton Bypass.
These restrictions will allow the contractor to remove and replace sections of deteriorated concrete pavement.
Motorists are advised that backups may occur at times approaching the work zone. All schedule activities are weather permitting.
The work is part of PennDOT’s $26.4 million project to rehabilitate the northbound and southbound U.S. 202 bridges over Amtrak and the U.S. 30/Exton Bypass ramp, and replace the concrete pavement on the ramps to and from U.S. 202 and U.S. 30/Exton Bypass. The entire project is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

Allan A Myers, Inc. of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds.

For more information, visit www.us202-300.com.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK FOR TREE TRIMMING OPERATIONS IN CHESTER AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

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05/24/2018

King of Prussia, PA – Travel restrictions are scheduled next week on several state highways for tree removal operations in Chester and Montgomery counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

The work schedule is:
• Tuesday, May 29, Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Providence Road between Marlborough Road and Route 3 (West Chester Pike) in Willistown Township, Chester County;
• Wednesday, May 30, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, a right lane closure is scheduled on U.S. 30 (Lancaster Avenue) between Old Lancaster Road and Route 252 (Leopard Road) in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County;
• Wednesday, May 30, through Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Neiffer Road between Route 73 (Big Road) and Ridge Pike in Upper Frederick and Limerick townships, Montgomery County; and
• Friday, June 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions with flagging are scheduled on Elm Street at Fayette Street in Conshohocken Borough, Montgomery County.
Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work areas because slowdowns will occur during construction. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Veterans Call for Reauthorization of Fund Used for Parks, Monuments

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Money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create the Flight 93 National Memorial site in Shanksville, Penn. (pxhere)

By: Andrea Sears

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – More than eight thousand veterans from across the country have signed a letter urging Congress to reauthorize a program that has helped protect some of the nation’s most historic battlefields.

For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used to acquire land for national parks, recreational access to public lands, and more than 40,000 state and local park projects across the country. But unless Congress acts, the LWCF will expire on September 30th.

Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran, grandson of two World War II Veterans, and served in Kosovo and Iraq. He’s also with the Vet Voice Foundation, and says as the nation observes Memorial Day, it’s important for leaders to support a program that honors the sacrifices made by service members.

“It protects our ability to utilize the outdoors and recreate in public lands, and it also helps protect some of these battlefields and historic sites of our military heritage,” says Reppenhagen.

The LWCF has invested more than $300 million in Pennsylvania, including over $24 million to protect Valley Forge Historic Park and $19 million for Gettysburg National Military Park.

Reppenhagen points out that the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps preserve national treasures without using taxpayer money. It is financed through revenue drawn from offshore oil and gas royalties.

“Because obviously, there’s degradation to our environment from oil and gas drilling, the original idea was take some of these dollars and put it towards conservation efforts,” says Reppenhagen.

He says allowing the LWCF to expire would jeopardize the preservation of America’s military heritage and monuments to those who sacrificed for their country.

Wolf Administration Announces Investments to Improve 14 Airports

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May 25, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Fourteen airports will make safety upgrades or expand operation opportunities with the assistance of $15 million in state investments, Governor Wolf announced today.

“Aviation serves as a catalyst for our economy across Pennsylvania and features more than 400 airports serving a variety of customers,” Governor Wolf said. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake, and these investments help airports bolster commerce and attract more customers.”

Seventeen projects will be supported by $9.8 million through the state’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, and $5.2 million through the aviation portion of the Multimodal Fund created by Act 89.

Following is a county-by-county list of approved Aviation Development Program projects under the programs:

Transportation Assistance Program projects:

Allegheny County

Allegheny County Airport — $888,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.2 million for restoration and improvements to the terminal building.

Blair County

Altoona-Blair County Airport — $1.1 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million to demolish and construct a new county building at the airport and $1.5 million of state funds for a total project cost of $3 million for a new corporate hangar.

Bucks County

Quakertown Airport — $270,000 of state funds for a total project of $540,000 to acquire land to clear approaches to Runway 29.

Chester County

Chester County/G.O. Carlson Airport — $337,000 of state funds for a total project of $674,000 for a new hangar apron and $513,000 of state funds for a total project of $1 million for new hangar facilities.

Erie County

Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field — $1.7 million of state funds for a total project of $2.3 million for rehabilitation of the terminal building.

Lackawanna and Luzerne counties

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport — $147,500 of state funds for a total project of $295,000 for relocating a TSA checkpoint to reduce queues.

Lawrence County

New Castle Municipal Airport — $375,000 of state funds for a total project of $500,000 for land acquisition to control development around the airport.

Lycoming County

Williamsport Regional Airport — $150,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $300,000 to replace hangar doors.

Monroe County

Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport– $800,000 of state funds for a total project of $1.6 million to construct T-hangars.

Washington County

Washington County Airport — $1.3 million of state funds for a total project of $1.7 million for a new taxiway and $700,000 of state funds for a total project of $933,000 for a second section of taxiway.

Multimodal Fund projects:

Allegheny County

Pittsburgh International Airport — $1.6 million of state funds for a total project of $2.2 million for airfield pavement joint crack rehabilitation.

Centre County

University Park Airport — $2.2 million of state funds for a total project of $5.4 million for an access road to the airport.

Lancaster County

Lancaster Airport — $691,150 of state funds for a total project of $921,534 for a new aircraft maintenance hangar and office.

Lehigh County

Lehigh Valley International Airport — $700,000 of state funds for a total project cost of $1.4 million to rehabilitate a parking lot.

Wolf Administration Participates in Roundtable on Combatting Senior Hunger

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Harrisburg, PA – Today, Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne participated in the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Senior Hunger Roundtable. Stakeholders, legislators, health care professionals, and seniors discussed the resources available to combat hunger in older adults, and ways to increase access to healthful, nutritious foods.

“The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s capacity to provide food to those at risk of hunger through a robust array of partner agencies mirrors the Wolf Administration’s commitment to help develop and enhance private-public partnerships so all Pennsylvanians have access to healthful, nutritious food in order to live healthy and age well,” said Secretary Osborne. “Today’s roundtable highlighted the fact that in order to​ combat senior hunger, it is imperative that we better coordinate our efforts and more effecti​vely connect older Pennsylvanians with available nutrition services and resources in their communities.”

The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger reports seniors who are food insecure have diets that are less nutritious, endure worse health outcomes, and experience a higher risk for depression. Research has shown that when seniors participate in programs that address food insecurity, they become more independent because of improved nutrition status and overall health.

In September 2016, Setting the Table: Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA was developed to address hunger in PA and respond to Governor Wolf’s executive orderestablishing the Governor’s Food Security Partnership. The Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The blueprint was developed in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and other public, charitable, and private leaders in food security.

“Hunger harms everyone that it touches, but it is particularly hard on older Pennsylvanians who often face their struggles quietly and out of view,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “We just want our older neighbors to know that we care about them and we are here to help, and so are our friends in the Governor’s Partnership.”

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce hunger in 27 counties across Pennsylvania. By working with more than 1,000 local agencies, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serves 150,000 individuals every month.

For more information on the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and its mission to reduce hunger in Pennsylvania, visit www.centralpafoodbank.org.

Wolf Administration Launches Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force

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Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Aging announced the formation of Pennsylvania’s Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. The task force was created to take a lead role in implementing and championing the goals and recommendations of Pennsylvania’s State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

“Over 400,000 Pennsylvanians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder and the toll of this disease extends beyond those affected to their families, friends, and communities,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this task force will have on Pennsylvania’s fight against Alzheimer’s.”

Objectives of the task force include:

  • Working with local organizations, entities, advocates, and other stakeholders to identify and share best practices that support the goals and the overall success of the plan
  • Leading efforts to review and revise the state plan, as necessary
  • Developing and facilitating the actions needed to carry out the plan
  • Pursuing research and reviewing any other issues that are relevant to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders
  • Assisting in planning the annual Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forum
  • Assisting in the development of an annual update to the plan

“The Wolf Administration is committed to embracing and supporting Pennsylvanians who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “We are confident that the task force will help us ensure that home and community-based services and supports are available, accessible, and responsive to the needs of both caregivers and those living with dementia.”

Since the plan was developed, the department has held three statewide forums and seven regional roundtable discussions to engage with stakeholders and inspire action at the local level.

Task force members include:

  • Robert (Bob) Marino, co-chair – Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter, Member, Pennsylvania Long Term Care Council
  • Dennis (Mickey) Flynn, co-chair – Member, Pennsylvania Council on Aging
  • Kathy Cubit – Director of Advocacy, CARIE
  • Clayton Jacobs – Vice President of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter
  • Vincenza (Jen) Martchek – Board Member, Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging
  • Melissa Bottorf – President, River Valley Senior Providers Group
  • LuAnn Oatman – President and CEO, Berks Encore
  • Cindy Odell – Volunteer/Advocate, Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
  • Jeffrey Rose – Local Recovery Coordinator, Erie VAMC Behavioral Health Clinic
  • Liz Bradbury – Director of the Training Institute, Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • James F. Butt – Volunteer/Advocate, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Kathleen Gillespie – Director, Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging
  • Stacie Bonenberger – Senior Quality Improvement Specialist, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
  • Linda Zaneski – Associate Chief of Nursing, Geriatrics Wilkes-Barre VA
  • Jennifer Holcomb – Director of Memory Support, Cross Keys Village