Tornado causes major damage in Lewes, Del.

Pictured: Damage to a building in Lewes, Delaware after a possible tornado spawned by Hurricane Irene blew through.

August 28, 2011 4:42:53 PM PDT
A Sussex County spokesman says according to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down in Nassau Station just southwest of Lewes.

Chip Guy says radar indicates a tornado cell formed in the area and witnesses reported seeing a funnel cloud Saturday evening.

Guy says according to emergency responders, about 15 structures were damaged. There were no reports of injuries.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Jack Markell says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted Delaware's pre-landfall emergency declaration request, making the state eligible for federal assistance for operations of critical facilities and shelters.

The aid could also be provided for operations after the storm and additional support for local shelters, including communications equipment, supplies, food service and bedding.

Markell says he will make an additional request for an emergency declaration from FEMA so rebuilding efforts would be eligible for federal aid.


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