Tornado watch issued for Delaware

Delaware State News
Posted 9/1/21

All three Delaware counties are under a tornado watch as the remains of Hurricane Ida come inland, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey. 

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Tornado watch issued for Delaware


 All three Delaware counties have been under a tornado watch as the remains of Hurricane Ida come inland,  according to NWS.

The watch is in effect until 10 p.m.

Around 6:30, NWS is issued a tornado warning for  northwestern New Castle County after  a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Cayots, or near Middletown, moving northeast at 30 mph.

Officials said flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

Earlier in the evening, the watch escalated to a warning in southwestern New Castle County and northwestern Kent County.

At 5:01, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Goldsboro, Maryland, or 14 miles west of Dover, moving northeast at 30 mph.

Locations impacted included Smyrna, Clayton, Cheswold, Hartly, Delaney Corner, Green Spring, Kenton, Leipsic, Henderson, Marydel and Templeville.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning is in affect for Sussex and south eastern Kent until 8 p.m.

At 6:56, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Hurlock to Sharptown to near Princess Anne, moving northeast at 45 mph. Officials said there could be 60 mph wind gusts, and damage to roofs, siding, trees and power lines is

Locations impacted include Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Millsboro, Laurel, Harrington, Lewes, Federalsburg, Milton, Bridgeville, Delmar, Dagsboro, Ellendale, Bowers, Smithville, Gumboro, Agner, Andrewsville and Sycamore.

A flash flood watch is also in effect until Thursday morning for all three counties.

According to NWS, the remnants of Hurricane Ida will pass through the region Wednesday during the day and evening. Periods of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms associated with this low will result in widespread 1 to 4 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts by Thursday morning.

Additionally, much of this rainfall may occur in a short period of time, exacerbating the flooding threat. Combined with wet conditions, this will lead to instances of flash flooding, officials said. 

Flooding of creeks, streams, urban areas and poor-drainage areas is possible. Water is likely to cover the roads, especially in low-lying areas. Roads and structures near rivers may be flooded.