Tornado in northwestern Sussex County confirmed

GREENWOOD – Damage in northwestern Sussex County during Monday evening’s was caused by a tornado.

This overhead view taken by a Delaware Emergency Management Agency aerial drone shows where a tornado touched during Monday night’s storm. (Photo courtesy of DEMA/Gary Laing).

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey along with personnel from the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Sussex County Emergency Operations conducted a site assessment Tuesday morning and confirmed that a tornado touched down Monday evening in the Greenwood area.

There were no reports of injury, however some damage was reported.

A storage building at the Delaware Electric Cooperative site on U.S. 13 in Greenwood sustained some damage.  Four structures on the northwest side of the intersection of Sugar Hill and St. Johnstown Roads were also damaged.  Most of the damage affected farm buildings; however, one nearby home received damage to its porch.

These trailers located at Delaware Electric Cooperative’s headquarters in Greenwood were flipped over during the June 19 storm that spawned a tornado in the Greenwood area.

National Weather Service officials say that visual evidence, along with radar data received during the storm, helped to confirm their finding of a tornado that impacted a specific area of Sussex County.

Visual examination was enhanced by a DEMA aerial drone, which provided an overhead view of wooded areas that would have been difficult to examine from ground level.

NWS officials report other nearby damage was the result of straight-line winds, some in excess of 90 MPH.  The National Weather Service will issue more specifics related to the storm at a later time.

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