Storm roar through northern Delaware, stimulates flash flood warning

Storm roar through northern Delaware, stimulates flash flood warning


Tree limbs were destroyed and one town suffered significant damage as a wind storm pushed through the area on Thursday evenings.
William Bretzger, The News Journal

A storm roared through Newcastle and Northeast Kent counties Thursday, encouraging flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service.

According to the NWS, rainfall amounts of up to one inch could be made.

The effects of the storm could already be seen near Newcastle's Roosevelt Avenue East in Penn Acres by 8:10 p.m.


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The storm had ripped a hole in front of the front of any town, setting out two of the four columns and cutting sides and sides. Spread the limbs of trees on the front lawn.

Across the street from the town, a tree had fallen on the street, as neighbors left their homes to survey the damage.

In Middletown, at the intersection of Boyds Corner Road and Cedar Lane, a tractor fan, DelDOT reports canceled. The tractor trailer was still blocking part of the intersection after storms overtook the area around 8:30 p.m.

A tractor-trailer lies on his side in the intersection of Cedar Lane and Boyds Road Road close to Middletown after he has been hit, possibly with high winds, as a storm moved through the area around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (Photo: DELDOT)

Jonathan said Brien, NWS meteorologist, at about 9 p.m. the storm was further east east of New Jersey and Delaware would be clear to Friday.

It is too early for NWS to consider the tornado as a storm but said they received reports of strong direct winds.

"I suppose we will have to wait until tomorrow," he said.

The NWS will make a decision later this afternoon regarding sending staff to the area to assess damage and decide whether a tornado occurred.

Approximately 7:24 pm issued, flood advice from NWS warned of small floods in poor drainage areas in places including Northern Delaware, northeast Maryland, south of New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania.

Subsequently, flood flood consultant flood warning, issued about 7:50 p.m to Northwest Newcastle County, to southeastern chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania.

Flooding developed outside Fiel House on 76 South Market Street, closing the road. The fieldhouse lights in storm water are almost ankle. It was one of many roads in Wilmington which closed Thursday due to flooding.

Other places in Delaware NWS said floods could be involved with Elsmere, Newcastle, Newport, Arden, Stanton, North Star, Talleyville, Wilmington Manor and Pike Creek.

Flash flood warning means that "flooding is imminent or that it happens," NWS said.

"Landing around … don't drown when you're hitting underwater roads," says NWS. "Most flood deaths happen in the vehicle."

Excessive runoff is expected to fall from heavy hip rainfall and small streams, streets, highways and underpasses, and the consultant said.

The consultation runs until 11:30 p.m.

Contact Matt Moore at (302) 324-2829 or or 302-324-2829. Follow him on Twitter @MattKenMoore

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