The National Weather Service is forecasting that Irene will be a Category One hurricane when it arrives along the coast of New Jersey. As a result, Philadelphia can expect:
- Rainfall amounts between six and nine inches.
- Sustained winds 50 - 60 mph with gusts reaching 70 mph.
- Rain could start as early as tonight ahead of the hurricane.
- Heavy rains could affect Philadelphia through Sunday.
- Heavy winds could affect the city Saturday night into Sunday. High winds may continue after the storm passes. The highest winds will be felt Sunday afternoon.
- Flooding of creeks and streams will likely begin on Saturday night.
- Significant localized flooding on roadways, flooding of streams, and flooding along the Schuylkill River.
- Cobbs Creek and the marsh lands in the southwest sector of the City;
- Other City creeks & streams including Pennypack, Poquessing, Tacony, Frankford, and Wissahickon Creeks;
- Main Street Manayunk;
- Portions of the Philadelphia Naval Base;
- Delaware River which is usually first observed along Delaware Ave & Ben Franklin Bridge;
- In the Northeast where Linden Avenue meets the Delaware; and
- Kelly and Lincoln Drives.
The City will open shelter operations on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the following locations:
- Bartram High School, 2401 S. 67th Street
- Lincoln High School, 3201 Ryan Avenue
- Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Avenue
If a Power Outage Occurs:
- Keep a battery-operated radio tuned to local news for updates.
- Disconnect or turn off all appliances that would otherwise go on automatically when the power comes back on. If several appliances start up at once, they could overload the circuits.
- To prevent food spoilage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
- Never touch or go near downed power lines.
A Few Items to include:
- Non-perishable food like granola bars and energy bars
- If you use canned foods, make sure you have a manual can opener.
- Have a supply of bottled water for everyone in your home.
- A battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- If you take medication, make sure you have an adequate supply for the next several days.
Do not travel, unless it is absolutely necessary or an evacuation order is called.
- Do not attempt to walk across flood water more than knee deep.
- Never drive through flooded roadways. Just two feet of moving water can sweep a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) off the road.
- Stay tuned to local news for updates.
- Sign up for ReadyNotifyPA, the region’s emergency text and email alert system at www.phila.gov/ready or texting PHILA to 411911 from your cell phone. Future updates on flooding will be sent to the Weather Warnings groups and the River - Schuylkill at Philadelphia groups.
- Monitor the National Weather Service forecasts at http://weather.gov/phi
- Check Channel 64, the City of Philadelphia’s Government Access Channel
Call PECO at 1-800-494-4000 to report electrical problems or downed power lines. Call 911 to report downed trees blocking highways. To check road conditions call 511.
Please take all precautions possible & be safe.