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Tens of thousands without power, roads closed as Isaias hammers First State

Kelli Steele
Delaware Public Media

Last updated at 2:30 pm

More than 50,000 Delawareans are out of power due to Tropical Storm Isaias.


Delmarva Power is reporting 772 outages in the First State, affecting just over 42 thousand customers as of 2:30 this afternoon. The Delaware Electric Co-op reports about 9,000 of its customers are also without power.


High winds have brought trees and other debris on power lines and over roads. The Delaware Emergency Management Agency urges caution to those driving today and to be on the lookout for fallen trees and downed power lines.


DelDOT says there are multiple road closures in the Middletown area due to downed trees, including on Marl Pit Road and Cedar Lane Road. It also reports Route 896 by Summit Airport is closed because of downed power line poles across northbound lanes. DelDOT says it is also aware of 167 traffic signals that are without power across Sussex County.


DART has temporarily suspended bus service in Kent and New Castle Counties until it feels it is safe to operate and for appropriate detours to be established.


Delmarva and the Delaware Electric Co-op are sending crews out to restore power to homes. The Co-op has been able to restore power to at least 15,000 Delawareans across Kent and Sussex Counties.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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