Nat'l Weather Service won't investigate Del. storm

WILMINGTON, Del. - August 9, 2011

While many people believed a tornado had gone through, the NWS said it believes the damage was caused by straight-line winds.

A Tornado Warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for that area. The warning has since been cancelled.

This, as thousands of people were still without power in New Castle County hours after the storm. By 4:00 p.m. some 17,600 people were out.

In Wilmington, tornado sirens blared, warning residents to take cover. On the 3400 block of Lancaster Pike in Wilmington the storm took down at least a half dozen utility poles.

Janaia Jackson was inside her godmother's row home on the 500 block of North Harrison when the storm swept through. She heard a loud boom, went up stairs to the second floor, and saw the sky.

"I could see through the ceiling. There were bricks everywhere on the ground and parts of the ceiling was on the floor," she said.

Natasha Loat has rented her now-roofless row home for three years.

"I just got a call that it was leaking in my bedroom. I came home and I didn't know it was leaking in my whole house!" she said.

Loat said she had just left her home, with her two small children, when the storm started. She was told a bolt of lightning hit the house and the wind swept away the roof.

Across the street, a giant tree split in half during the storm. Loat said she was just relieved her goddaughter and her children are safe and sound.

"That's the only thing that's keeping me together is that my kids were not there," Loat said. "That's the only thing keeping me together.

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