July 25, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter State Agencies Coordinating Response, Monitoring Conditions at PEMA Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With heavy rain and the threat of flooding continuing Wednesday for much of eastern Pennsylvania, state agencies are monitoring conditions to respond quickly to keep citizens safe.“Heavy rains caused flash flooding overnight and forced people from their homes and we understand this weather is difficult for many Pennsylvanians,” Governor Wolf said. “We want people to be safe: help your local first responders by keeping an eye on conditions, checking on your neighbors, especially the elderly, limiting unnecessary travel, and being prepared to leave if you must.”The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was fully activated this morning at PEMA with staff from: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, the Game Commission, the Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and the American Red Cross.Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.State agencies continue to monitor the forecast for bands of heavy rain that could quickly produce dangerous flash flooding. Many small creeks and streams have flooded, causing road closures and evacuations in multiple counties, but no major roads are currently closed. While only minor Susquehanna River flooding is expected at this time, anyone with river interests should keep an eye on conditions as forecasts will continue to change.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.PennDOT cautions motorists to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs.
This particular birthday would have been a sad one for Messi. Nothing anybody would have said or done to bring him out of the melancholy that would have enveloped the five-time world best player if Iceland had defeated Nigeria in that game in Volgograd Arena last Friday. The defeat would haveÂ Â ended the Albicelesteâ€™s quest to qualify from the group to the Last 16 stage of Russia 2018. They would have become the biggest casualty of this edition to crash out at this stage. There would have been uproar in Buenos Aires and other major cities of the South American nation.Â Â But Super Eagles did the Argies â€˜favourâ€™ dispatching the Nordic country 2-0 through Ahmed Musaâ€™s brace. Momentâ€™s after that victory, the Jorge Sampaoli wards and their country folks erupted in celebration almost the same way Nigerians were in jubilant mood.Messiâ€™s obsession with winning the World Cup which is the only major silverware missing from his rich trophy chest was back on track. It was understandable for Messi and his colleagues to celebrate the lifeline handed out to them by the Super Eagles. After they were held to a one-all draw by Iceland in their opening game and lost 3-0 scandalously to Croatia, a win or draw for Iceland against Nigeria would have been an automatic exit for Argentina with Croatia leading the group on six points and Iceland having minimum four points. There would have been nothing to play for beyond pride for the Albiceleste. But with Nigeria on three points Messi knows Argentinaâ€™s fate is still in their hands as they head to the final game on Tuesday.â€œIt means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special – and for me too. I’ve always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it.â€œMy hair stands on end just thinking about that moment. It would make millions of Argentines in the world happy. So we cannot give up on that dream now,â€ said Messi.He reiterated his earlier stand not to quit the Beautiful Game without lifting the most coveted prize in global football- the World Cup.â€œI have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end. I would not like to retire from active football without being a world champion with my country,â€ stressed the Argentine talisman who was rendered ineffective by a packed Croatian midfield inspired by Luka Modric last Thursday.Although Argentina has been in turmoil after that defeat against Croatia, signals coming out of the teamâ€™s base camp indicate yesterday that things have returned to normal with the players all focused on the clash with the Super Eagles.Even the Argentine football federation (AFA) at the weekend issued a statement dismissing insinuations that Sampaoli was on his way out of the team.Before training yesterday, Sampaoli congratulated Messi on his birthday without further elaboration. Unless there is a change of plan, senior players in the team like Messi and Javier Mascherano are likely to decide the game plan against Eagles. The dressing room revolt against Sampaoli appears real. Sergio Aguero gave life to this speculation here when he openly dismissed the gafferâ€™s tactics that failed against Croatia.Whether Messi will truly have the chance to move on to lift the trophy at this edition before taking a bow depends on the outcome of the clash with rejuvenated Super Eagles on Tuesday. If Nigeria succeeds in flying over the South Americans and berth in the Round of 16, it remains to be seen if Messi will have to wait till Qatar 2022 to try out his luck for the last time.The Barcelona star who will be 35 years in four years time, may not be as sharp as the phenomenon the world has seen since the petit forward started his trophy collection at the global stage with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Holland in 2005. Incidentally, it was against Nigeria with Mikel in the team, that Messi picked his first FIFA title. Whether thunder will strike twice depends on the character exhibited by Eagles on Tuesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro IkhazuagbeÂ in St PetersburgArgentinaâ€™s superstar footballer, Lionel Messi, was 31 years old yesterday. As usual, the Barcelona forward did not celebrate the day in any special way. It was like any other day at the teamâ€™s camp base inÂ Bronnitsy, a city about 54km away from Moscow.Instead of the usual winning and dinning associated with such special days, the Argentine captain had other things in his minds. Messi and his teammates took to the training pitch at the camp base to perfect their game plan for Tuesdayâ€™s win or burst Group D last game with Nigeria at the St Petersburg Stadium.