Tornado Confirmed After Delaware Storm Damage Surveyed

A tornado caused damage to mobile home and industrial parks in New Castle County, Delaware, federal forecasters confirmed Friday.

People in the areas of the New Castle Mobile Home Park and the Delaware River Industrial Park on Dock View Drive reported seeing a funnel cloud around 7:45 p.m., said the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management. The cloud hovered about 25 to 30 feet off the ground.

The funnel eventually touched down near New Castle Avenue, the National Weather Service said. The EF-0 twister produced winds of 65 mph.

The tornado and surrounding storm caused a roof to collapse on an apartment building, snapped utility poles, brought down wires and left about 3,700 of customers without power. An electrical transformer also crashed into a mobile home and two walls collapsed at the industrial park, said the county OEM. Delmarva Power knocked power outages down to less than 1,000 by Friday morning.

No major injuries were reported.

The county set up a shelter at William Penn High School at 713 E. Basin Road in New Castle for any residents forced from their homes.

This wasn't the only tornado that touched down Thursday. A Berks County, Pennsylvania elementary school was destroyed after a confirmed tornado blew through.

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