Messy commute has highways closed, downed wire sparks fire

- Storms overnight mean a dangerous, messy Monday morning commute. The National Weather Service says more than 4 inches of rain already fell early Monday in Ship Bottom and Washington Township in Gloucester County. There was street flooding in Ship Bottom and Camden.

Portions of Chester, Delaware and New Castle counties are under a Flash Flood Warning  until 9 a.m. They were hit hardest with flooded-out roadways.

There’s also a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms later Monday.

At about 3:30 a.m., a downed live wire in Blackwood, N.J., sparked an electrical fire on the Black Horse Pike near Route 42. A FOX 29 News crew just happened to notice the smoke, and went to check it out.

Downed power line ignites fire along roadway. Emergency crews on scene. @JenniJoyceTV live on scene in Blackwood. pic.twitter.com/r9GItrYU0C

— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) July 24, 2017

The Black Horse Pike northbound was closed as of 5am. Southbound had one lane open. Traffic was moving on the 42 Freeway.

The Schuylkill Expressway was closed in both directions in the tunnel near 30th Street Station. FOX 29’s Bob Kelly has details.

— Bob Kelly (@bobkellytraffic) July 24, 2017

Leave extra time for your commute. Click here for SEPTA's System Status. At 6:20 a.m., PATCO reported trains were operating on or close to schedule. And NJ Transit said RiverLINE service had been restored between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Waterfront Entertainment Complex following earlier flooding.

Click here for Amtrak's web site.

Planning to fly or expecting someone? Check links for Philadelphia International Airport, Atlantic City International Airport, and Lehigh Valley International Airport.

There’s a Flood Warning for the White Clay Creek at Newark, Del., until Monday afternoon.

The flood stage at White Clay Creek at Newark, Del., was 11.2 feet at 4 a.m. Flood stage is 13.0 feet. Moderate flooding is forecast and the creek is expected to rise above flood stage by early Monday morning and continue to rise to near 16.1 feet later.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

The storms are moving northeastward towards the shore at 45 mph. Expect damage to trees and power lines.

DEVELOPING STORY: Team coverage on FOX 29's Good Day Philadelphia through 10am.

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