Mayor Nutter last addressed the public at around 2:30PM. He said that part of the challenge facing the city is “striking the balance between nonchalant and hysterical. The reality is in between.” While we live-tweeted the presser, here is the gist of what you may have missed:
>>> Nutter said of the still-coming brunt of the storm, “We are facing one of the most severe weather events in the city’s history.”
>>> The mayor once again drove home the common-sense idea of the day, “Stay home, stay off the streets, stay out of vehicles, stay safe”
>>> Shelters are receiving more and more people, but there is still room. If you need to get to a shelter, do it immediately.
>>> All Philly School District schools are closed tomorrow, along with city offices and employees (except “essential employees”) are urged to stay home. The DA’s office and courts are closed also.
>>> Tomorrow morning, after the storm has passed, SEPTA crews will inspect systems to ascertain when to start up again. There will be no SEPTA service tomorrow morning. Eventually, it is believed that the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines will be the first back in service.
>>> The Monday/Tuesday trash services will be held until next Monday/Tuesday. Make sure any loose cans are tied down or brought inside.
>>> PHL airport is currently still open, but there are zero airlines operational, and no word on when flights will resume.
>>> The real issue for PGW will be water run-over and flooding.
>>> Once again, for downed trees, clogged drains, and more non-emergency issues, call 311. Save 911 for life-threatening emergencies only.
We’ll be keeping an eye on everything here and updating as needed, but be careful, be safe, and use common sense.