Tropical Storm Isaias hits Milford

by Terry Rogers 

 After battering the North Carolina-South Carolina border, the Category I Hurricane Isaias set its sites on the Delmarva Peninsula. Although it was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached this area, it still packed winds of 70 miles per hour with gusts even higher. The storm also carried significant amounts of rain as well.

As the storm moved across the Delmarva Peninsula, it spawned many tornadoes that caused significant damage around the area.

“The hardest hit area in Milford was the southwest section, near Haven Lake,” City Manager Mark Whitfield said. “It appears there was either a strong downburst or tornado that went through that area. We have multiple electric lines down and numerous houses that have been damaged. We are having a difficult time just getting to the electric due to the number of trees down. So, folks in the southwest part of the City without electricity, we are working on it, but we really have a difficult situation, and it appears power will be out for an extended period of time.”

Those who live in Chestnut Knoll Acres reported significant damage to their homes due to trees down. Photos showed trees blocking roads, destroying houses and branches littering yards.

Delaware Electric Cooperative reported more than 23,000 customers were without power. By 11 AM, they had restored power to 7,000 as crews responded to numerous reports of tornado and other storm damage across the state. One outage was caused by trees down on Holly Hill Road, near where the Hill family resides.

“We had some minor flooding on North Walnut and a few other areas of the City,” Whitfield said. “Most of the flooding has subsided with some debris left on the roadway. Also, Dover was hit extremely hard. They have three electric substations out and had multiple tornadoes that went through town. They have requested assistance from us. However, we cannot leave Milford until we have our electric back up and roads cleared.”

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