Thursday power outages in Delaware blamed on high wind


Isabel Hughes andNick Perez,

Power crews were restoring service to customers but thousands of users were still in the dark early Thursday evening. Several houses were damaged by trees as well, but there were no reports of serious injury. Delaware News Journal

Numerous New Castle County residents are reporting power outages as a result of Thursday's high winds, Delmarva Power's website shows.

More than 8,000 customers in Delaware's northern county are affected, the power company is reporting. Across the state, there are more than 180 active outages, with nearly 9,500 people affected as of 2 p.m. 

The power company says it's aware of the outages, and that they're due to weather conditions.

A high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect. It's set to expire at 8 p.m. Thursday, but Delaware residents should expect winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 or 60 mph.

The weather agency said "widespread" power outages may result from the wind, which has felled trees throughout New Castle County.

Closures, damages and injuries were reported in different areas of the state.

A person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a tree fell onto a home on Forest Drive in Forest Brook Glen near Newport, according to New Castle County Police.

Newark Police partially closed Capitol Trail for about three hours when a tree and wires fell into the road. Route 41 at Brackenville Road is also temporarily closed due to a fallen tree and wire, according to the Department of Transportation's website.

High winds also reportedly damaged the Saville apartments at Wilmington's Sixth and King streets. 

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