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Milford area cleans up after storm and tornado

City of Milford

Milford is cleaning up after a heavy thunderstorm Thursday,

And the National Weather Service confirms it did spawn a tornado south of Harrington.

Several Milford communities, mainly residential onesm lost power because of the storm and a sanitary sewer pump station was also affected.

But no injuries have been reported.

Milford Public Works Director Mike Svaby says the city is now focused on cleaning up.

"We're finding a lot of tree and vegetation debris down in the streets," said Svaby. "We had some power outages beginning late yesterday afternoon and those have been intermittent, but we've gotten on top of them. So now we're cleaning up things that are falling into the streets, large trees, some small debris, cleaning all that up out of the public right away."

And Svaby says there wasn’t just one main area where the storm hit.

"We're addressing those as they come up. We have people out in the streets, and we're trying to clear all right away," said Svaby. "I wouldn't say there's necessarily a more concentrated area or track for the path of the storm."

The city will collect storm debris through Monday, July 12, and if you need to schedule a storm debris pickup, Milford residents can call (302) 422-6616.

A National Weather Service team confirmed the tornado south of Harrington after visiting Milford, Harrington and Slaughter Beach Friday to survey storm damage.  More details on the tornad, including its strength, will be released later.

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.