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South Jersey Under Tornado Watch

Conditions are ripe for tornadoes in South Jersey, the National Weather Service warns.

Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service announced.

A tornado watch means “atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes,” according to the National Weather Service.

Along with the tri-county area, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties are included in the tornado watch in New Jersey. Across the Delaware River, parts of eastern and central Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, also are under the tornado watch.

After hours of heavy rainfall already producing flooding in some areas, the watch adds yet another weather event to the day. Monday’s rainfall already prompted flood warnings in Camden and Gloucester counties. A flood warning means flooding conditions are imminent.

In Haddonfield, Cooper River was measured at 2.7 feet and continuing to rise, the National Weather Service reported. Flooding stage is 2.8 feet.

Rain is expected to continue throughout Monday afternoon, possibly at a rate of 2 inches per hour. 

Be safe in hazardous weather—never drive through a flooded roadway or deep puddle, as the water may be deeper than it appears and it takes very little to sweep a car away. Call 911 and stay clear from the area if you spot any downed power lines.

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Chip Kelly June 11, 2013 at 08:35 PM
My issue is not with the Mayor, rather it is it with how we view such dual office holders. NJ politicians all over this state abuse our trust in them. Lobbyist working for government, council members working for trade associations, elective office holders working for other political figures. Dual household incomes both of whom are collecting government paychecks. Where does it end? We should demand more. We must stand up for ourselves because who will, the politician? By raising these points, I am simply asking you to view things in a different light.
Chip Kelly June 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM
For all Jeff Kasko fans who see no issue with having a state job, being Mayor and being a state committeeman, think about this. Tonight, the state GOP will meet. Jeff Kasko as the elected state committeeman is required to attend. In about 48 hours a potentially serious storm will be approaching our area. (http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/severe-storm-derecho-risk-dc-t/14159136) It would only make sense for a Mayor to start focusing on the storm now. If he is meeting with the state GOP committee, how can he? Hopefully this storm will pass, but I does raise serious questions regarding a dual office holding, triple political positioned Mayor. Common sense tells me there is no possible way a political figure in NJ can say one end 'I'm completely dedicated to serving the people" and on the other end have multiple political strings attached to him. The law in NJ should be straight forward: You are allowed to hold one elective office in the state. If you do hold elective office, you may work for any government office, agency, commission etc. Nor may you be employed by any organization, non profit, vendor, professional service firm receiving any local, county or state tax dollars. Haddonfield should desire to elect people who seek to end such practices instead of continuing them. Tonight, if Jeff Kasko truly wants to be a person of the citizens, he should resign his position with the state GOP.
Unchipped Kelly June 12, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I am confident the mayor can multi-task. Take a break, Chipper. Get a new hobby.
Chip Kelly June 12, 2013 at 04:47 PM
We all mutli-task, chief. That's not the issue. The issue is focus. The issue was raised, that's all. Tell you what, I'll raise the questions, and you answer instead of brushing them aside. If it doesn't take much to prepare for a storm like this, then anybody will do in the Mayor's spot. And if anybody will do, why put somebody who is 100% politically oriented in the office. A person like that comes with a lot of strings attached. On the other hand, if there is a issue tomorrow, questions will be raised as to why the Mayor wasn't on top of the preparation efforts, and his honest answer should be because he attended a partisan political meeting. Honesty, character, integrity, things we all learn as kids. In NJ, if you are a politician, its hard to have those qualities. I rest my case. THREATS: * Supercell thunderstorms, producing /mainly/ damaging winds, but the potential exists for large hail and isolated tornadoes. * Torrential rainfall, which is a problem because the ground is saturated. This will exacerbate flooding in areas that have dealt or still dealing with high water levels. A Flood Watch is in effect for all NJ counties, excluding Cumberland, Atlantic, and Cape May. TIMING: * Thursday afternoon/evening through very early Friday. Improving conditions Friday morning into the afternoon/evening hours. Always be prepared. The National Weather Service offers this comprehensive guide on storm preparedness: http://1.usa.gov/3LSuHs.
Unchipped Kelly June 12, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Chipper, you are very concerned about the storm. Is Haddonfield the only town in South Jersey not sending out personalized weather alerts? I think not. Find another soapbox. Better yet, get a job, maybe two, or three (emulate your idol, Mr. Kasko). This would give your mind something to focus on other than finding ways to pull Kasko into your hourly thoughts.
Chip Kelly June 13, 2013 at 05:51 AM
"All told, the area the weather service considers to be under heightened risk of dangerous weather includes 64 million people in 10 states. ‘It’s a pretty high threat,’ Bunting said, who also warned that the storms will produce large hail and dangerous lightning. ‘We don’t want to scare people, but we want them to be aware.’ Wednesday ‘might be the worst severe weather outbreak for this part of the country for the year,’ said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at Weather Underground. He said it is possible to have tornadoes and a derecho at the same time, but at any given place on Wednesday the straight-line winds are probably more likely. Last year, a derecho caused at least $1 billion in damage from Chicago to Washington, killing 13 people and leaving more than four million people without power, according to the weather service. "
Chip Kelly June 13, 2013 at 06:00 AM
My job is this soapbox. I'm successful, retired and happy to be identifying contradictions. I'm also tired of paying more than $16,000 a year in property taxes for a school system I don't use, roads that never get repaired and politicians that fool people and abuse their trust for personal gain. I'm not so much concerned about the storm as much as I am the people put in charge to lead. The Mayor of Haddonfield joins a elite group of other politicians around this state who are dependent on the political system; government dependency is not just for the poor. You keep providing me with empty responses instead of considering what I say with thought and focus, while I continue to provide substance. The readers of this page take my postings as attacks instead of truly pondering the information I provide. Do yourself a favor and store this posting in your mind to recall later down the road rather than automatically dismissing it and diverting it to your short term memory trash can. As far as I am consider, my time is being wisely spent. And you will come to appreciate it. People don't remember, much less understand how to process information that conflicts with the truth. My job is to train people to spot lies from the truth, and local politicians prove unlimited practice.
shaquasia June 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
It geting grey outside
Unchipped Kelly June 13, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Chipper, this is the first human response I read from you. The issues I have with your posts are simple and your lack of identity if first on my list. You claim you are doing a service, yet you hide behind the name. I chose my online name to remain secretive, just like you. I hope you don't find that to be a contradiction. Now, for ways to improve your online image, you claim readers see your posts as attacks. Maybe you should take a step back and read what we read. You write with anger and disgust. I would like to see you support our new team of commissioners. Provide suggestions and ideas in a positive manner. The commissioners haven't been on the job very long and it will take time to unravel what the previous commissioners did for 28 years at Public Works and 8 years in Public Safety. Contracts need to be reviewed, planning needs to take place before any changes can be seen. Wait six months, see what direction they take and if you feel it is wrong for the community as a whole, I say voice your opinion. Meanwhile, take a breath and get your mind off of the minutia. I'm certain you did not enjoy working with someone breathing down your neck criticizing every movement you made while trying to succeed in a new position.
Chip Kelly June 25, 2013 at 03:01 PM
UnChipped, Jeff Kasko accepted a very large donation from an engineering firm that turns out to have committed serious crimes. Jeff Kasko accepted a $2100 political contribution from an engineering firm called Birdsall. He received more in donations then some elected legislators. As sound advice for Jeff, Jeff Kasko should put out a statement calling their actions horrible, as should every elected politician who received money from them. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/secret_files_reveal_how_pay-to-play_works_in_nj.html#/0 There are a lot of questions to be asked. But I can't ask them because I'm 'angry and bitter and need to not focus on the minutia. I need to stop breathing down his neck' according to you. Heck, it's only our money and it's only suppose to be transparent what they do, but since abuses could go completely unnoticed, I'll just sip on a pina colada at my neighbors pool while I figure out how to pay $16,000+ a year in property taxes for a house that I own outright. Tell you what, I'll call it an apple if it smells like an apple, and you can live under your rainbow and smell the flowers all day long. You should demand answers, accountability and should be looking over the shoulder of politicians without fear. Jeff Kasko, for his own good and political future, should answer some of these questions. He should address where he spent all of his money during his 2009 campaign. He should also answer if Birdsall ever receive a contract for service at the town. Did he lobby for them? Did he call another town and recommend them? Did he ever ask Birdsall to contribute to another campaign? Was his campaign used to wheel money to another campaign? There are many questions that should be asked. On the flip side, we shouldn't even ask them, rather Jeff Kasko should have already issued a statement on receiving his contribution. That's what a person who campaigned as a leader for the people would do. Is it a contradiction to his campaign slogan and promise if he simply doesn't say a word about it? Kasko probably did nothing wrong, and that is why he should make a statement. All of these little things however may start to add up for better or worse. We think Haddonfield is the best town in the world, then why would we expect lower standards from those elected to lead us? You need to ask yourself why Kasko responded to certain posting on this board but not others. You need to ask your where his statement is on this contribution. You need to ask yourself about the relationship he has with other political figures. You need to ask yourself how he can hold down multiple political positions at once. You need to ask yourself how he can claim to campaign to put people first but then not answer these questions. Jeff should just answer some questions. And I'm not the type to be disgusted that Jeff Kasko shows little respect for the office by showing up to ribbon cuttings in shorts.
Unchipped Kelly July 03, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Chipper, Too bad we will never know how you would do as an elected official, you would have to use your real name, oh my! With your attitude, I can't see you getting many votes. I'll see if I can find some Anger Management class discounts for you on Living Social. Hugs!

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