The region spent much of yesterday cleaning and assessing the damage caused by Isaias as the storm and accompanying tornadoes rolled through the Philadelphia area on Tuesday. Property damage was widespread and hundreds of thousands were left without power. Stay safe, everyone.
Isaias’ wrath could be seen yesterday from Doylestown to the Shore, my colleagues Anthony R. Wood, Amy S. Rosenberg, Vinny Vella, and Mensah M. Dean reported. There were five confirmed tornadoes and 600,000 power outages. The storm was also blamed for at least one death locally, a 5-year-old Montgomery County girl.
Some residents of the high-priced apartments and condo buildings soaring above the Benjamin Franklin Parkway say they empathize with the plight of those occupying tents in a ball field since June 10. But some, such as Ed Dougherty, 66, also argue that the encampment has “trashed [the Parkway] to the point where it’s lost its magnetism.”
Organizers have been negotiating with city officials for weeks, my colleague Alfred Lubrano reports, with a city spokesperson confirming that the negotiations were ongoing. Advocates have demanded that city officials secure PHA housing for those in the encampment.
The barge and its two sister ships were torn from their moorings in the Schuylkill on Tuesday and drifted downstream, eventually hitting the bridge that funnels cars off the Vine Street Expressway. The Vine Street Expressway will be closed from Broad Street to the Schuylkill until at least this afternoon.
During inspections yesterday, the bridge seemed sound. There was some minor damage that can be repaired and won’t keep the bridge from reopening safely, a PennDot executive said.
Thanks to @nellstifel for sharing this video of what the Schuylkill looked like after storms hit the region Tuesday.
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