With SEPTA service largely restored and many area businesses reopened, residents are asking if Hurricane Sandy has ended its whirlwind trip through Philly.
In short, the worst is over, according to the National Weather Service. They forecast that the rain will continue, but new precipitation is expected to amount to less than a tenth of an inch and it's expected to clear up by 11 p.m. tonight. Winds have died down to between 18 and 21 mph, with gusts up to 41 mph.
But as far as flooding and power outages, we're not out of the woods yet. NWS has issued a coastal flood advisory that is in effect until 7 p.m. for the tidal part of the Delaware River and the river's tidal tributaries. NWS is forecasting minor tidal flooding in many locations – especially roadways and low-lying areas surrounding the river – with possible isolated areas of moderate flooding continuing through this evening. Residents are advised to operate their cars with caution, taking care not to drive into flood water and not to park near flood-prone areas.
There are still road closures due to downed tree branches and power wires. Nearly 300 trees are estimated to have fallen in the city and an untold number of downed utility lines. And there are still plenty of people without power – an estimated 65,000 customers in Philadelphia alone.
Here are some photos of the storm's aftermath taken around the city early this afternoon: