Severe storms knock out power for over 4,000 Delawareans

DOVER — Storms and high winds caused damage throughout the state on Wednesday night and many Delawareans — especially in the middle and northern parts of the state — are waking up without power.


Though most of the damage was cause by high winds and downed tree limbs, the Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) recorded over half an inch of rainfall in the last 24 hours at most of its stations in New Castle County. Kent County took on less precipitation, mostly in Smyrna and Frederica, where it recorded .28 and .34 inches respectively. With the exception of the bay shore, Sussex County stations mostly reported no rainfall. The Lewes and Slaughter Beach areas recorded a quarter inch of rainfall.

Storms rolling into Smyrna area Wednesday evening.
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According to Delmarva Power’s outage map Thursdsay morning, over 100 customers north of Smyrna are experiencing outages and nearly 2,700 in New Castle County are affected.


Severe storms caused 1,800 Delaware Electric Cooperative customers to lose power as well, according to company spokesman Jeremy Tucker.
“All of the outages were caused by fallen trees and branches blown down by the high winds,” he said. “Members in the Woodside, Magnolia and Sandtown areas were impacted by the outages. Half a dozen crews spent the night working to remove trees from lines. As of 9 a.m. we have just a handful of homes still without power near Sandtown.”


In some instances, crews needed to use boats to restore downed lines, explained Mr. Tucker.


“This morning a DEC crew working along Holly Springs Road in Sandtown had to use a boat to reach the damaged lines,” he said.” We expect all power to be restored by noon and we hope this pattern of near continuous severe storms ends very soon. It’s been a busy few days.”


The utility companies may not be so lucky however. According to the National Weather Service station in Mount Holly, New Jersey, the state remains under a hazardous weather outlook until this evening.


A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3 p.m. is forecast for Kent County. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds and heavy rain, the weather service noted. Chances of precipitation hover around 30 percent and a high of 86 degrees is expected. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible, with the possibility of higher amounts if there are thunderstorms.


The news is even worse for New Castle County, where a flash flood watch will go into effect between 2 and 10 p.m. today, according to the weather service. The northern county faces a 60 percent chance of precipitation with continued thunderstorms likely before 1 a.m.


For Delmarva Power customers experiencing and outage, call 1-800-898-8042 or visit delmarva.com/. For DEC customers, call 855-332-9090 to report and outage.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or igronau@newszap.com

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