A tornado touched down tonight southwest of Lewes, Delaware, according to the National Weather Service.
One home was demolished and more than a dozen homes were damaged in the Nassau Station and Tradewinds Subdivisions, according to the NWS.
According to the Cape Gazette:
Witnesses said they saw a funnel cloud; the National Weather Service is investigating to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado. Fifteen to 17 residences were damaged.
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With several areas under tornado watch and severe flooding threatening much of the region, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter declared a state of emergency for the first time since 1986.
Irene is expected to bring winds of 70 or more miles per hour along the coast and 40 to 60 miles per hour inland.
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