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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> we are following a developing story on this tuesday morning. >> a kensington street caved in. now crews are trying to fix the giant sinkhole. >> race fans are mourning the loss of a driver who died as a result of injuries he suffered at the pocono race way. >> traders and investors are bracing themselves for what could be another wild day on wall street. >> good morning everyone, it's 4:30 on this tuesday. tam and david are off. we have erin o'hearn. >> hi. >> karen rogers and matt pelman. good morning. >> hey, good morning. and we're starting our morning with showers even thunderstorms in a couple spots. as we look at storm tracker6
live double scan we can see that the area of concern at this point is really down in south jersey. we have one storm near elmer, one near mays landing, sea isle city and atlantic city kind of peppered through the area. as we talked about yesterday that front that is lurching through our region isn't crossed into the coast at this point. as we look at satellite6 and action radar you can watch it in motion. the front moves through the western suburbs in the overnight hours and now it's pushing through into new jersey and so we have clouds and leftover showers. we had a few showers earlier in philadelphia. as we look at the numbers right now, it's 76 degrees already in philadelphia. starting it off warm and muggy with that front still lingering. out in the northwestern suburbs we're dry and clear, you're in the up are 60's at this point but 73 in millville, 76 in cape may. how about the dewpoints there, way up there. it is a humid start to the day. 70-degree dewpoint which is oppressive. 73 in dover. look at the difference though in the lehigh valley. low 60's. that's showing the front has cleared that area so it's a
lot more comfortable there. that's what's going to happen through the rest of the region. the first half of the day we'll see a lot more clouds especially east of the city and some lingering showers by the afternoon it turns less humid and the sunshine is back there. 86 degrees for your warm high. much more comfortable tonight, matt. >> all right, that sounds good. definitely feeling a little sticky out there this morning. not optimal conditions in which to do construction, karen, but nonetheless we had a lot of overnight work and there's still some here along 95 as you come out of bucks county into northeast philadelphia. these are the southbound lanes by woodhaven road and it looks like at the moment well this truck is waiting to merge into the one available lane but it also looks like the penndot crews are backing up and picking up their cones. hopefully we'll have all three southbound lanes available to you again shortly. they were also tearing up woodhaven itself on the eastbound side last night headed towards 95 so you still have some restrictions there. this is the vine street expressway eastbound side construction overnight as well headed towards broad street to see that car merging out of
the right lane towards the center lane as the work continues. farther east on the ramp to 95 northbound there's work and on 95 northbound headed towards allegheny more construction. so you get the idea. you're dodging a lot of road work this morning. overall on the schuylkill though, on the boulevard looking g we are seeing some wet conditions in southwest philadelphia on the platt bridge and 95 by the airport and in case you were wondering, all the signal upgrades with the west trenton line didn't work out as planned so we'll be on the buses again today between woodbourne and west trenton like yesterday. matt. >> matt thank you. developing this morning crews are working to repair a giant sinkhole possibly caused by a water main break in philadelphia's kensington section. "action news" reporter katherine scott is live at the scene at tulip and huntingdon streets. how are things going, katherine? >> reporter: well, they're still at work here, matt. this is a massive sinkhole and, you know, i don't know how you get to work in the morning, everybody, but if you take this route, you want to take a different one this morning because there's a lot of work to do here.
if you take a look here at huntingdon and tulip you can see there's a big hole in the street. it opened yesterday afternoon here in kensington and crews from the philadelphia gas works and the water department have been on the scene. the fire department was called around 3 o'clock for a water main break at tulip and huntingdon. that's when they discovered the sinkhole and it kept getting bigger. pgw is here because they have a gas line that's beneath the road. pgw says their service had not been disrupted. crews have been working to get this fixed but we don't know when these repairs will be finished. obviously traffic can't get through this intersection so you do want to take a different way this morning and at this point there's no word on what caused the water main break but again, crews here this morning have been working throughout the night trying to get this fixed, but at this point we have no time line for when those repairs will be finished. we're live in kensington, katherine scott, channel6 "action news." erin. >> all right, big mess. thanks so much, katherine. well, this morning police in new castle county, delaware are working to determine if a
man's death is suspicious. his body was found in a parked car at a business on the 100 block of saint claire drive in hockessin. police approached the car after noticing that the vehicle was in the parking lot for some time. that's when officers found the man's body. anyone with information is asked to call new castle county police. indy car driver justin wilson has died as a result of injuries he suffered at pocono race way sunday. debris from another car struck him in the head. he was apparently knocked unconscious before his car slammed into the wall. the england native was air lifted to lehigh valley hospital in allentown. wilson was just 37 years old. he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. >> while some markets in asia are tanking, u.s. stock futures point to a huge recovery at the opening bell this morning. the dow closed down 588 points during a tumultuous day yesterday. the index's worst day in four years. abc's bazi kanani has been
monitoring overseas markets around the world. >> reporter: a hopeful sign for many asian markets this morning, up or recovering but not the chinese market. still tumbling. which is what led to this. the dow plunging more than a thousand points on monday before rebounding to close down nearly 600 points. >> it's going to be a volatile week. it's going to be a lot of up and down. >> reporter: traders now bracing for the week ahead still fearing the slowdown in china and that perhaps a u.s. stock slide is overdue. >> the market has gotten ahead of where the actual economy is. >> reporter: but the white house believes the long term strength of the u.s. economy is what investors should focus on. >> the u.s. businesses have added 13 million jobs. that's longest sustained private sector job growth streak in american history. >> reporter: despite anxiety on the trading floor there's no panic here. over the last week the average american's 401k lost $9,000.
but over five years, that same account is up about 60 percent. >> what all of us can control is how we react to any situation and how we choose to invest our money in any situation.eporter: analysts now expect bargain hunters will help sales. >> okay. a montgomery county judge has ordered pennsylvania attorney general kathleen kane held over for trial. the decision was handed do you know at a preliminary hearing yesterday in norristown. kane faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of a felony perjury charge. prosecutors say she leaked the grand jury information to the media, lied about it under oath and had aides spy on the investigation into allegations. kane said the charges are retaliation after she started investigating pornographic e-mails sent by some state prosecutors and judges. >> some parents are finding out that their child's school in montgomery county is closing just two weeks from the start of classes. the state is shutting down the education plus cyber charter
school facility in abington. regulators say the education plus is chartered as a cyber school which by definition means it is not a brick and mortar facility. so, last week the state sent education plus a letterman datinlettermandating they closee building. parents shared the news. >> went from being below average to doing eighth grade work when he's going in the seventh grade. we don't have another choice. >> the department of education tells "action news" it gave education plus many opportunities to fix its education model. the school's ceo and cofounder says he met with state officials three weeks ago believing these issues had been resolved. >> 4:38 now. camden will be getting 10 milt ondollars i$10 million in fundio prepare for the pope's visit. they'll pay for communications upgrades for first responders.
the intent is to ensure police, fire and ems personnel can talk with each other on the radios and coordinate with state agencies during an emergency. and prisoners at the curran fromhold correctional facility are busy making a one of a kind gift for the pope. for the past few weeks the inmates have been building a commemorative chair which they'll present to pope francis when he visibility "action news" got a look at their progress. the inmates were busy sand and refinishing the chair. the chair highlights the prison's program which provides vocation training. about 100 inmates will be selected to the a tend pope francis' visit on september 27th. and of course you can head to 6abc.com for details on the pope's visit as well as the city's so-called papal play book. there we also have jim gardner's reports from the pope's hometown of buenos aires argentina. >> still to come, the texas teen who is getting help from the cdc to fight a brain
eating parasite. >> atlantic city has started work on a new tourism project that will -- that officials hope will have a positive impact on the city. karen. >> storm tracker6 live double scan showing we've got a couple of showers in a few areas that are really getting soaked here in south jersey. details and the rest of your forecast coming up.
>> atlantic city is betting on a new $50 million tourism project to connect the boardwalk from gardener's basin to margate. cranes and heavy equipment on the beach near oriental avenue yesterday signaled the start of construction. in addition to fixing the damaged boardwalk, the city also plans to build a new seawall for the inlet. mayor don guardian says they will act as an economic driver for the area making now vacant waterfront property more desirable for development and shifting the city away from a focus on gambling to an outdoor shore town. the project is expected to take two years. ly. >> i think it's a great idea because atlantic city is beautiful in the summer. why sit in a casino all day long? >> right. >> indoors. >> and they already had the hugely popular outdoor beach events. i know people were coming to them in droves. a lot going on down there. and today is kind of a iffy
day this morning for atlantic city at least. things will get better later this afternoon. let's go right to storm tracker6 live double scan and you can see what i'm talking about. we've got some scattered showers or thunderstorms. i want to go in a little closer. we're in the seeing lightning with any of these clusters. we have a little cell dying in out in elmer along 322 if you're driving near mays landing you see a bubble showers near atlantic city as well right along the garden state parkway, sea eye city and cape may and you see the direction moving up to the north and east. the front is still moving through the area and east of the city especially. we've got a chance for these showers out there. let's go on outside and see what it looks like this morning and we're stuck with the clouds and some areas even seeing percent of fog. in center city feeling very humid out there, too. look at these numbers. 76 degrees already the temperature. how about the dewpoints the measure of how much moisture is in the atmosphere. 70. it feels oppressively humid out there. as that front pushes to the east all of this will change. at least the dewpoints will drop and the clouds will break
as well. winds out of the southwest, bar met particular pressure holding steady. satellite6 and action radar showing that front in motion. we saw it out to the west. it cleared for the most part the western suburbs so we're seeing already reduced humidity there and you can see we're pretty clear after this point so once this fronts moves through, you're going start to clear from west to east but it's changing this morning so at 8:30 this morning still some showers, especially east of the city. you see the clouds already starting to break in the city and looking a little bit better, starting to feel a little better but it takes a little while to clear along the shore. this is a look at 2 o'clock this afternoon. even the chance then of a few showers around before the front clears out. so, it's going to feel muggy especially east of the city this morning. 86 degrees for your high. we are in the process of clearing out. and we'll have a drier afternoon. tomorrow it's beautiful. 84 degrees. we have that front that moved off and we're going to see a good amount of sunshine for you tomorrow. let's look at the percentage of rain. we continue to have a chance of rain today, especially east of the city. but then beyond that, we're
really having this dry stretch up through saturday, 0 percent chance at this point. so, no showers coming your way and also the dry conditions, lots of sunshine, so things changing your way and for what many people think a good option there. tropical storm erica formed last night. we continue to watch the tropics which have been active and so we see that formation continue. tropical storm danny dissipated at lunchtime yesterday. let's take a look at your exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast. it is in the process of turning less humid. you already feel it in the northwest suburbs. not so much in philadelphia and south jersey but this afternoon we'll see improvement. 86 degrees for your high. nice and sunny tomorrow, 84. thursday still beautiful, 84 degrees. friday mostly sunny and 85. it turns warmer for the weekend and more humid. so saturday very warm, 88. looks like you're still dry on saturday and sunday more humid, only the chance for a thunderstorm at the end of the day. not a lot of rain here. monday staying sticky and again just a chance for a
thunderstorm 89 degrees sunday and monday. so, for the most part in the seven day period looking dry and sunny. >> okay. sounds good. thanks so much, karen. a brain eating amoeba pushed a texas teen to the brink of death. michael reilly jr. got sick after swimming in a state park. doctors believe a parasite swam up his nose into had us brain. surgeons made a hole into his head. the cdc is providing experimental drugs. the same drugs that saved a young woman diagnosed with an amoeba. reilly and that girl are among just five americans to get the amoeba this year. symptoms include a headache, vomiting, fever and disorienttation. >> now for your first look at business. at this point u.s. stock futures indicate wall street could regain all of its loses from yesterday today. but the morning bell is not until 9:30 and given those wild swings yesterday don't hold your breath. we will see what happens.
here's how stocks finished yesterday. the dow dropped 588 points, the nasdaq 180, the s & p 78. a nevada man faces up to three years in prison for sending more than 27 million spam messages to facebook users. sanford wallace pleaded guilty to accessing 500,000 facebook accounts and sending spam disguised as friend requests and he did it all in three months. more teenagers are becoming thriftier when it comes back to back to school shopping. 40 percent of teens will reuse clothing from the previous year and mix and match with new purchases while back to school spending is expected to gain 2 percent from last year, it is off from the typical five to 6 percent increase year to year. >> being thrifty, sounds good. 4:48. there's much more to come on "action news." a fire on an amusement park ride in new jersey sends plumes of smoke into the air. >> a new company believes its
they were working on tearing up woodhaven road, route 63, eastbound and it's a long zone. it starts at the boulevard and extends the whole way out to 95 with just that left lane getting by. should be out of here shortly. once get onto 95 the crews there in the southbound lanes by woodhaven have cleared and then once you get to this point entering the work zone at cottman you're moving normally. on the northbound side by allegheny overnight construction is gone but they're still working on the vine street expressway eastbound as you come off the schuylkill headed out towards broad street. of course we have that big sinkhole that katherine was telling us about in kensington blocking tulip at huntingdon. cedar and lehigh are some possible alternates. no issues so far this morning on the east-west pennsylvania turnpike. on the northeast extension northbound past quakertown there is one zone taking out the right lane. not causing a delay at this point. and no delays so far on our good buddy ben, the ben franklin bridge but he's a little bit damp this morning as you can see and of course westbound the right lane remains blocked for the ongoing work through labor day. matt. >> thanks, matt. electrical problems caused
a fire on the gravitron ride at a north jersey amusement park. plumes of smoke could be seen all over keansburg amusement park in monmouth county yesterday but the fire didn't spread to any other rides. officials say the gravitron was already closed to the public due the an electrical smell when the fire broke out so no one was in danger. the park stayed opened during the fire. >> from our delaware news room, dover police say a substance abuse counselor has been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy with whom she worked. 30-year-old rebecca adams was charged with several counts of rape and sexual assault. authorities say adams had ongoing sexual contact with the boy from june until earlier this month. >> 4:53. and coming up a little later the search for the gunman who took part in a drive-by shooting where he fired while sticking through the sunroof of a vehicle. >> but next, the fraternity in virginia is under fire for signs it had displayed for incoming freshmen. that story when "action news"
>> banners, some of them sexually suggestive got a fraternity in hot water in virginia. the banners were draped on the sigma nu house. one side read freshman daughter drop off. the other read hope your baby girl is ready for a good time. the signs were put up as freshmen arrived on campus. they removed the signs at the request of campus police.
>> we will not stop. this top pick is important to me personally. it's important to the university. our president has been out in front of it. we're not going to tolerate it. >> sigma nu's activities are suspended. the frat is promising to punish those responsible for the banners. similar banners have come under fire on ohio state university's campus. >> new this morning, a lehigh valley company is showing offer its new driverless trash truck. royal truck and equipment incorporated demonstrated the truck yesterday in bethlehem. it is designed to protect workers in construction zones. trash trucks are typically fitted with crash barriers and are used for tech construction teams nearby but as a driverless vehicle no longer will workovers to drive that vehicle and be placed in harm's way. >> any time a driver can be removed from these vehicles in a very dangerous situation and if the vehicle is struck and there's nobody inside of it to receive the damage or the injury, that's measuring success. >> the driverless truck would follow the lead truck
perfectly mimic its movements and speed and braking. >> pretty cool. about 4:58 now. coming up at 5:00 a giant sinkhole has opened up in the middle of a philadelphia neighborhood. we're live with the details. >> a napa valley wine tour is being accused of racism after nearly one dozen african-american women were kicked off the train. dear fellow citizen,
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it's 5 o'clock on this tuesday, august 25th. tam is off, erin o'hearn joins us and developing right now,. >> a sinkhole scare right near philadelphia. we're live with the details. >> police are on the hunt for at least one gunman who shot up a city block while sticking out of a sunroof. >> and vice president joe biden receives a presidential blessing. >> let's turn now to accuweather and traffic with karen rogers filling in for david and matt pelman. good morning. >> good morning. depending on where you live you're waking up with a few showers around as that front still hasn't cleared our area. storm tracker6 live double scan showing we're not seeing anything currently in philadelph.