A nasty Nor'easter moving through the Philadelphia region, bringing with it damaging wind gusts and heavy rain, has caused widespread transit issues, some property damage, and in one case a fatal injury.
According to the National Weather Service, the strong coastal storm moving through the area today will linger until early Tuesday morning. Between 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected in the city, with the heaviest rainfall expected early Monday evening.
A wind advisory expired just before 8 p.m. for Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey, where winds at times reached 20 to 30 m.p.h. with gusts reaching up to 50 m.p.h. Wind gusts at the Philadelphia International Airport reached as high as 45 m.p.h., according to the National Weather Service.
A ground stop on all flights departing to Philadelphia International Airport was initiated twice and twice cancelled by the FAA.
Airport officials say they expect the Nor'easter to impact flights throughout the evening and that customers should check with their individual carriers for the status of their flight.
PECO is currently reporting fewer than 100 customers are without power, but earlier in the day reported about 10,000. Atlantic City Power reports about 300customers in southern New Jersey are currently powerless, while earlier more than 6,000 outages were reported. About 200 PSE&G customers are also without power. More scattered outages are expected throughout the region today as winds intensify.
According to Philadelphia police, a 60-year-old man was struck and killed near Hunting Park shortly before 1 p.m. by a sign blown by the wind from an auto sales car lot.
The wind wreaked havoc across the Philadelphia region. Part of a giant mural on a building at Broad and Race streets collapsed Monday morning, damaging two cars parked in a lot beneath it.
The worst weather, as expected, hit the Jersey Shore. Winds reached 30 to 40 m.p.h., with gusts topping 60 m.p.h. Wind gusts in Cape May have reached as high as 63 m.p.h., with gusts in New Gretna reaching 57 m.p.h., according to the National Weather Service.
The wind was so strong, it shattered a pane of glass in a window at the Grand Hotel in Cape May, sending shards of glass flying down onto a parked car.
A coastal flood warning is still in effect through 9 p.m. for Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey.
Freezing rain is expected further north, and 4 to 6 inches of snow is forecast in the Poconos.