The National Weather Service has confirmed six tornadoes formed around the region during Tropical Storm Isaias, including one each in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The National Weather Service did not confirm their specific locations or severity.
Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg has the official rainfall total from Isaias. "The airport official total was 4.92 inches," Lundberg says. Center Valley recorded the highest official Lehigh Valley rainfall total with seven inches.
An unidentified 44-year-old woman has died after being swept away in her vehicle by floodwaters in Upper Saucon Township. The woman was pronounced dead shortly before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The woman had been driving when she encountered high waters in the 6300 block of North Main Street. The vehicle was swept away by floodwaters from the typically tiny trout stream known as Laurel Run.
Isaias has left thousands and thousands of people in the dark and it could stay that way for several days. PPL reports more than 7500 customers without service as of early this morning. First Energy says more than 24,000 of its customers woke up in the dark this morning, including more than 1500 in the Lehigh Valley. Hardest hit in terms of power outages is Berks County, where more than 14,000 First Energy customers were still without power earlier this morning. First Energy says some of those customers may not have service restored until Friday afternoon.
More than 1-million resident across New Jersey remain without power today after Tropical Storm Isaias dumped heavy rains and unleashed strong winds on the state Tuesday. At its peak, the storm knocked out electricity to 1.4-million people.
Communities along the Jersey Shore are cleaning up today after Tropical Storm Isaias dumped heavy rains and at least two tornadoes in that region. No serious injuries were reported.
All that rain caused some nervous moments for about 50 people in Slatington who had to be evacuated from flooding. This woman describes what it was like at the 7th Street Village Apartments. "It started in our living room, coming through the back and just going to the front so we opened our doors so we could get it outside," the woman says. Many of those evacuated were taken to the fire station, before buses took them to Northern Lehigh Middle school before finally going to a hotel.
Pennsylvania's Department of Health added another 854 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, pushing the statewide total to 115,009 since the pandemic began. Tuesday's announcement also included 23 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing that number to 7232.
Allentown City Council has decided it won't consider a resolution seeking to censure two members of council. Council members Ed Zucal, Daryl Hendricks and Candida Affa backed the resolution that claimed Ce-Ce Gerlach and Joshua Siegel are "unfit and not worthy to hold the position of councilperson." because they participated in a Black Lives Matter protest. Hendricks now says they resolution was pulled because the media portrayed it as a statement targeting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bethlehem police are continuing their search for the person involved in a shooting that occurred Monday evening near the area of East Fifth and Atlantic streets. Police say Shaqur Watts fired around eight to 12 shots at a vehicle with two people inside it. No one was hurt from the incident, but the suspect took off. Police are asking the public for any information on the 25-year-old suspect as he is armed and dangerous.
Pennsylvania's education secretary is stepping down to lead the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The Lancaster college's board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Pedro Rivera to become its tenth president. Rivera will officially begin the job on October 1st.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission offices that closed Tuesday ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias are reopened today. Gov. Phil Murphy's state of emergency had closed all state offices because of the storm, which included the Motor Vehicle Commission offices. Drivers had been lining up hours before dawn to receive a numbered ticket to be served. The offices had reopened a month ago after being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Principals of the 18 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schools have voted unanimously to delay the start of high school football season until October 2nd. Soccer, field hockey and volleyball will begin a week earlier, on September 25th. Non-contact sports like tennis, cross-country and golf will begin on time. Football will only have a five-game league schedule, with teams only playing other schools in their own county.