National Weather Service confirms tornado hit Delaware

Dan Wing
April 16, 2019 - 7:09 am
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado hit Sussex County, Del., early Monday morning.

National Weather Service


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has confirmed that it was indeed a tornado that ripped through parts of Sussex County, Delaware, early Monday morning. 

Officials say an EF-2 Tornado did touch down around 3:38 a.m. Monday in the Laurel and Seaford areas of Delaware. At first, the tornado was classified as an EF-1, but it was later upgraded to an EF-2, with estimated maximum wind speeds of 120 mph. 

The National Weather Service says the tornado was half of a football field across and stretched more than six miles.

High heavy winds left more than a dozen buildings seriously damaged, while also uprooting or snapping trees and tearing down power lines. 

Rescue crews saved a man after a massive tree crashed into his home. 

No one was killed by the tornado, and only one person was hospitalized, but his injuries were not believed to be serious.