New Castle, Kent County Hit Hard By Storms, Thousands Still Without Power

Another round of severe weather rolled through New Castle County and Kent County yesterday.

Around 7:00 last evening storms brought high winds and heavy rain causing several trees to fall on homes and block roads in New Castle County and parts of Kent County.

In New Castle County,  the Dunlinden Acres, Duncan Woods, Arundel and Prices Corner neighborhoods were the hardest hit.  Multiple trees fell on homes and across roadways. powerlines were downed causing outages that left thousands without power.

At least three homes were damaged by falling trees, according to radio reports.

While not as severe, Kent County did receive some damage from the storm.

Two trees that were knocked down and blocking the road near the Sandtown Church of the Nazarene and on Drapers Mill Road were cleared by neighbors and two employees with Sussex Tree.

The employees also helped clear a tree off a woman’s car who was driving when it fell on her car. The woman was uninjured.

Due to severe lightning and wind in the area, we’ve experienced large outages in our service area. Initially, these outages impacted more than 16,000 customers but we were able to quickly reduce those outages to a little more than 8,000 customers still without power, said Delmarva spokesman Timothy Stokes.

Stokes said at this time, we are fully staffed, with crews responding to these outages and working to restore service to customers as safely and quickly as possible. A majority of the outages we are seeing are within our New Castle County service area. Stokes said that Delmarva anticipated having most customers fully restored sometime last night.

As of 10:00 am Thursday morning Delmarva was still showing roughly 3,000 customers without power. Residents in Dunlinden Acres are being told that power will be restored by 7:00 pm Thursday.


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