Tornado confirmed in downstate Delaware

    The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down Monday night in Sussex County.

    No one was injured, but some damage was reported in Greenwood. Most of the damage affected farm buildings, however, one home had damage to its porch. Also, several buildings at Delaware Electric Cooperative headquarters on U.S. Route 13 were hit, as well as four other buildings on the northwest side of the intersection of Sugar Hill and St. Johnstown Roads.

    A team of meteorologists from the NWS office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, met up with people from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and Sussex County Emergency Operations to survey the site Tuesday morning.

    A DEMA aerial drone provided a bird’s-eye view of the site. Visual evidence on the ground, along with radar data received during the storm, all helped to confirm that a tornado did indeed touch down in western Sussex County.

    NWS officials reported other nearby damage was the result of straight-line winds, some in excess of 90 mph. More specifics related to the storm are expected to come out at a later time.

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