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Flood Watch: Remnants of Ida Bring Soaking Rains; Gov Wolf Says Masks Mandatory in School
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 08/31/21 11:59 pm | updated: 09/01/21 2:49 pm
The entire Philadelphia-area will be affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, now a Tropical Depression, the next few days. There is currently a Flash Flood Watch from Wednesday, 9/1, 8:00 a.m. to Thursday, 9/1, 11:00 a.m. The National Weather Service says, "Periods of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms associated with this low will result in widespread 4 to 6 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts likely exceeding 6 inches by Thursday morning." Flash flooding can occur on roadways, streams, creeks, low lying areas, and larger waterways like the Schuylkill River. There is also the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms as well as the threat of a tornado. The rain will be heaviest from late afternoon Wednesday to early Thursday morning. (see report below)

UPDATE: 9/1 3:00 p.m. Flash Flood Warnings have been issued for parts north and west of the city. There is also a Tornado Watch for the city and areas south and west.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has already signed an emergency proclamation on Tuesday, 8/31, ahead of the storm. "This dangerous storm continues to have devastating impacts across the South and as it heads toward Pennsylvania, we are expecting significant rainfall across the state. This proclamation will allow for our emergency preparedness teams to provide any support needed throughout the storm and its aftermath," Gov. Wolf said. "I urge Pennsylvanians to monitor local weather and traffic conditions before making any plans and prepare for potential flooding."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Tuesday, 8/31, that masks will be required in schools this fall. This Department of Health mask mandate applies to everyone inside school buildings including teachers, staff, and students in grades K-12. It goes into effect on September 7. Wolf previously said he would not have a statewide mask order for schools, and deferred that decision to local school boards. He tweeted, "My office has received an outpouring of messages from parents asking us to protect children by requiring masks in schools. I preferred for local school boards to make this decision. But an aggressive nationwide campaign is pressuring school districts to adopt unsafe policies. Experts overwhelmingly agree that wearing a mask in school is necessary to keep kids in the classroom and COVID out. And the majority of Americans agree, too. It's time to put politics aside and get back to what matters: Keeping students safe and in the classroom."

Students and teachers in the School District of Philadelphia returned to in-person classes on Tuesday, 8/31, for the first time (for many of them) since March 2020. Late last year some younger students were able to return to classes in a hybrid model. Now all students will attend full-time, five days per week. On Tuesday night, the school district and the teacher's union reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The current one-year contract, reached last October, expires at midnight. The 13,000 members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers will have to vote on the contract.

Philadelphia Eagles first-year head coach Nick Sirianni has officially named Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. It could be assumed Hurts was the man for the job after the Eagles traded away Carson Wentz and fired head coach Doug Pederson at the end of last year, but Sirianni insisted on saying that the position was wide open for months. Veteran Joe Flacco will be the backup and recently acquired Garner Minshew will be third string. The Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 12 at 1 p.m.

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