August 04, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias arrived in the Philadelphia region Tuesday with an impressive show of force.
Torrential rains and strong winds have resulted in flash floods and power outages throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Tornados have been spotted in several locations too.
Tropical storm conditions were forecasted to continue until Tuesday evening, as some showers were anticipated late into the night. The rain was expected to subside by early Wednesday morning.
The forecast called for as much as six inches of rain throughout on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest rain was expected along the I-95 corridor. Wind gusts were expected to reach as high as 73 mph.
A flash flood watch was in place until midnight Wednesday and a tornado watch was in effect until 4 p.m. on Tuesday. A tropical storm warning remained in place until further notice.
A coastal flood advisory was in effect until 8 p.m., with up to six inches of flooding expected in low-lying areas along the Jersey Shore and tidal waterways. The warning included the Delaware River, from the Delaware Bay to the Commodore Barry Bridge area.
Storm surge flooding of 1 to 3 feet was expected throughout the region and could lead to road closures.
The impact of the storm forced both SEPTA and NJ Transit to modify or suspended services. PennDOT also implemented speed limit restrictions on roadways across the region.
Flooding across Philly forced the city to close down several roads, including Kelly Drive between the Art Museum and Falls Bridge. Cobbs Creek Parkway between 70th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Philly police and fire personnel helped rescue drivers stranded in flooded streets. A flood warning for the Schuylkill River is in effect until Wednesday night or whenever the warning is cancelled.
.@PhillyFireDept members are currently performing multiple water rescues across the city; PLEASE if you can’t see the road #TurnAroundDontDrown! (And of course...stay away from the water!) pic.twitter.com/igwmMzCFBS— Adam K. Thiel (@ThielAdam) August 4, 2020
New Jersey has been in a state of emergency for the duration of Tuesday's storm.
Isaias has brought widespread power outages across the Philly region. More than 583,000 customers are without power, according to outage maps provided by PECO, PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric.
Restoration of power is unclear at this point. All three service providers are still assessing the current situation with the storm, but some residents could be without power for several days.
⚠️ Flood Warning ⚠️— PECO (@PECOconnect) August 4, 2020
Heavy rain has brought flooding to the PECO service territory. Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water - especially with downed power lines.
Below is a video from Montgomery County 👇 pic.twitter.com/BqWSTEP6nq
Flooding and without power in Bucks County. pic.twitter.com/8Ps9MhtzXb— AM (@annmicheles) August 4, 2020
Starting to see some flooding now toward the bay in Ocean City. Looks like most if not all the side streets between West Ave and the water are being blocked off #Isaias @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/V1IsRli2cx— Andrew Kramer (@Philly_Kramer) August 4, 2020
The rain has stopped in Chester County but no power, down trees and cars stuck from flash flooding. pic.twitter.com/0zMzLgPMaM— Bob Kelly (@BobKellyFOX29) August 4, 2020
Route 100 in Macungie Pa, pretty decent flooding after 7+ inches of rain locally, went on foot since I couldn’t even drive out of my house. What’s more impressive is the tornado damage in doylestown @stormchaserray got! @TWCAlexWilson @NWS_MountHolly @epawawx @WeatherNation pic.twitter.com/GbWZUIsrsr— Hurricane Shane (@ShaneMartrich) August 4, 2020
Every single bad storm, especially #tropicalstorm or #hurricane..This section called Darby just outside #Philly becomes a big lake. Brutal! #pawx #Isaias #TropicalStormIsaias #darbyPA #upperDarby #DarbyCreek #phillywx #6abcaction pic.twitter.com/P9PdcMJT4c— AC Junior 😷 (@CamJunior1972) August 4, 2020
More damage in Doylestown PA pic.twitter.com/xOHH9486IO— Ray Leichner ⚡️⛈🌪 (@stormchaserray) August 4, 2020
Doylestown Health CEO Jim Brexler describes helping rescue 135 kids from day care next to hospital where many employees send children. High winds or tornado ripped roof off causing major damage. @DoylestownHlth @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/euBrP2kb6k— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) August 4, 2020
@NWS_MountHolly ... Here is some damage from where I believe the tornado came ashore in Northern Strathmere, Atlantic County. It was on Bay Avenue, the road that connects Ocean City and Strathmere. Spotter ID: CDNJ-034 pic.twitter.com/uaLtC8Gp1W— Robert Bennett (@stormchaser0026) August 4, 2020