High winds, heavy rain pound the state

DOVER — Kent County mostly avoided the wrath of a nor’easter Monday.

Rain fell all throughout the day, with wind gusts of up to 50 mph toppling trees and creating problems for drivers.

Precipitation is expected to cease Tuesday by the afternoon, although winds 15-18 mph will likely continue until around 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

A coastal flood warning is in effect until 11 a.m.

Monday saw a high wind warning issued by the NWS.

A women braves the wind and rain to take a photo on Rehoboth Beach during Monday’s nor’easter. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Sussex County witnessed some mostly minor flooding, closing a few roads and placing both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on guard.

All in all, however, things went pretty well, DNREC Shoreline and Waterway Management Administrator Tony Pratt said around 3 p.m.

The tide was a “few feet” higher than normal, Mr. Pratt said. Waterflooded some marshes and roadways, but the state appears to have avoided real damage. The beaches did not seem to be sustaining any ill effects of erosion from the wind and rain, although Mr. Pratt cautioned he would have to wait until the storm ended to be sure.

The weather did cause the Cape May-Lewes ferry to cancel all trips. Also, Sussex County government and schools canceled some afternoon and evening events, including the Indian River Board of Education meeting.

A man braves the wind and rain to take a selfie on Rehoboth Beach boardwalk during Monday’s nor’easter. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Kent saw Port Mahon Road close, while water covered a portion of Old State Road at Corbitt Road and a tree fell on the intersection of Deep Grass Lane and Gun & Rod Club Road.

A few roads in eastern Sussex had water or trees on them, while at least two roads had wires or utility poles down. Several roads in New Castle were shut down temporarily because of flooding, fallen trees or electrical wires.

A wind restriction was put in place on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, barring house trailers and empty box trailers from crossing.

Delmarva Power reported about 450 to 500 power outages at the height of the storm Monday, and Delaware Electric Cooperative said approximately 1,250 of its members were without power at some point during the day.

A quarter-inch of rain had fallen as of 3 p.m., following 0.2 inches Sunday.

The rest of the week is expected to be partly cloudy, with temperatures between about 30 and 50, according to the weather forecast.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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