Delaware Woman, 73, Struck and Killed by Tree Branch During Storm

A woman was found dead in a Delaware home late Tuesday morning in an incident that police believe was related to Tropical Storm Isaias. 

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A 73-year-old Delaware woman was struck and killed by a tree branch as Tropical Storm Isaias slammed the region.

The investigation began around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday when Delaware State Troopers responded to a home on North Shore Drive in Milford for a missing person report. When they arrived they discovered the resident, Gloria Babel, couldn't be found by a family member and there was concern for her safety due to the storm.

As police searched the area, they found Babel's body underneath a large tree branch. Investigators determined the branch fell on top of her during the storm.

Babel is one of at at least three people in our region who died during Isaias. A 5-year-old Montgomery County girl with autism was found dead after she wandered outside during the storm while a 44-year-old woman was killed after her vehicle was swept away by floodwater in Upper Saucon Township.

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