Severe weather prompts tornado warning in Sussex County

Delaware State News
Posted 7/1/21

Severe thunderstorms and high winds up to 70 miles per hour could cause potential tornadoes Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Severe weather prompts tornado warning in Sussex County


MILFORD -- The National Weather Service is analyzing storm reports  in the Milford area after severe thunderstorms and high winds caused damage in the area. 

Earlier in the evening, the NWS issued a warning that high winds up to 70 mph could cause potential tornadoes Thursday evening.

Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms, officials said. At 5:06 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Big Stone Beach, or 15 miles north of Georgetown, moving east at 45 mph, according to the NWS.

Just after 5, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 8 miles northeast of Bowers to Gumboro, moving east at 35 mph.

According to the NWS, law enforcement had several reports of wind damage in Kent and Sussex counties.

Impacted areas include Georgetown, Milford, Millsboro, Lewes, Milton, Selbyville, Dagsboro, Millville, Ellendale, Bowers, Henlopen Acres, Gumboro, Cape Henlopen State Park, Sycamore, Big Stone Beach, Long Neck, Ocean View, Frankford, South Bethany and Dewey Beach.

A flood advisory remained in place until 7 in Kent County and southwestern New Castle County.

Minor flooding is ongoing or expected in the advisory area. Up to 1 inch of rain has already fallen in spots. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible.