2020 in Review: Masks symbolize pandemic, political turmoil

FROM THE HOME OFFICE, April 5 – The dateline, as the newspaper business refers to the town in all caps at the start of our stories, was changed today to reflect work in the coronavirus era. Our newsroom has been dark. But our journalists are still at work from wherever they are. Like all of […]

Christmas in Delaware will be wet, rather than white

DOVER — So much for singing carols about a white Christmas this year. Instead, the holiday looks like it is going to be wet and windy, with drastically declining temperatures. Santa Claus will surely have to tap Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer to guide his sleigh Thursday night, as meteorologists from the National Weather Service in […]

Winter storm expected to bring mostly rain to Kent, Sussex

DOVER — It doesn’t appear as if residents of Kent and Sussex counties will be needing to rush to stores and purchase snow shovels ahead of the expected winter storm that is poised to hit the Mid-Atlantic region on Wednesday and Thursday. They can also probably leave the bread, eggs and toilet paper alone, too, […]

Wind and rain pound Downstate today, tornado watch until 7 p.m. UPDATED

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for northwestern Kent County until 3:45. As of 3:20, “a tornado producing storm was located near Goldsboro, or 14 miles west of Dover, moving northeast at 40 mph,” the NWS said. Individuals should be aware for flying debris. Damage to mobile homes, cars and trees […]

Strong typhoon leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital on Friday after a typhoon killed at least 42 people and caused extensive flooding that sent people fleeing to their roofs, officials said. Troops, police, coast guard and disaster-response teams rescued tens of thousands of people, including many who flooded […]

Eta regains hurricane strength as Florida prepares for hit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eta regained hurricane strength Wednesday morning as Florida braced for a second hit from the storm along the Gulf of Mexico coast near the heavily-populated Tampa Bay region. The storm’s maximum sustained winds increased to around 75 mph (120 kph) off Florida’s southwest coast as it moved northward. Forecasters at […]

Experts predict another mild winter for Delmarva

Those who put their trust in nature and the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” for winter weather may be checking the thickness of corn husks, when crickets arrive, departure time of ducks and geese, acorn abundance, shape of permission kernels and when squirrels gather nuts. “If you watch the cows and the animals, they know what’s going […]

State to receive disaster assistance from August storm

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday federal disaster assistance has been made available to Delaware to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Isaias in August. Federal funding is available to the state, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for […]

QOTD: Are you prepared?

Here is the Question of the Day? With Hurricane Sally lashing the Gulf Coast, worries about natural disasters moves to front of mind. Are you prepared for a hurricane should one hit this area? What special precautions do you take in preparation?

Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165) winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it crept inland for what could be a long, slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. Moving at an agonizing […]

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