Most power restored from Monday storms; tornado confirmed

GREENWOOD — Delaware Electric Cooperative crews restored power Tuesday morning to nearly all homes and businesses impacted by Monday night’s severe storms, which included a confirmed tornado.

According to DEC spokesman Jeremy Tucker only three homes remained without power in the Co-op’s service territory as of Tuesday at 9 a.m. At the height of the Monday storm, nearly 2,000 homes were in the dark. Crews worked all night to restore power — total restoration was achieved before 11 a.m.

Co-op officials also assessed damage to several structures at its headquarters along U.S. 13 in Greenwood. High winds associated with the storm Monday night heavily damaged a building used to house electrical equipment. Two construction trailers were also blown over, as were several trees and a large fence.

According to Delaware Electric Co-op, the National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that an EF0 tornado with winds up to 85 miles per hour did indeed touch down near Greenwood.

“We are thankful no one was injured during the storm and are lucky the winds struck after normal working hours,” said Delaware Electric Cooperative President and CEO Bill Andrew,

“The area damaged would have been full of workers during the day. If the storm had hit at 4 p.m. instead of 6:15 p.m., employees could have been injured or killed. We’d also like to thank members for their patience as we worked to restore power. The damage to our property did not impact our restoration efforts.”

Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility serving 94,000 member-owners in Kent and Sussex counties.

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