While Hurricane Ida is hammering Louisiana today, the remnants of it will arrive here later this week according to Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg. "Some of rain may sneak in here by the stroke of midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, but the bulk of it is going to be Wednesday and particularly Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night and there could be a lot of it," Lundberg says. He says that means the potential for flooding problems here is very real.
Pennsylvania Task Force One is ready to help with Hurricane Ida response efforts. Ida touched down in Louisiana Sunday as a Category Four hurricane and knocked out the power for the entire city of New Orleans before claiming the life of one person as of last night. Members of Pennsylvania Task Force One say they have hazmat specialists, medical specialists, and a couple of doctors ready to go. The crew is expected to be deployed for about 14 days, but it could be longer depending on the total damages from Ida.
More than 500 refugees have arrived in Philadelphia from Afghanistan. They arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday and among those to greet them was Selli Abdali, an Afghan-American medical student who was volunteering as a health care worker and translator. "That's the first thing they see when they land in America. So they think there's an Afghan girl and she's going to be a doctor. That's hope. That's really what I want at the end of the day," Abdali says. All refugees were tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and will soon head to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey where they will get medical care, food and more.
A driver crashed into the front of a Turkey Hill after losing control of their vehicle. It happened Sunday afternoon around 3:30 at the Turkey Hill on West Catawissa Street in Nesquehoning Borough. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
New Jersey's latest coronavirus case load remains high. The Garden State reported 1564 additional infections Sunday. That's on top of the 1761 cases reported on Saturday. It comes as vaccination numbers inch upwards, with just over 5.5 million people who live, work, or study in New Jersey fully vaccinated against COVID-19.