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  • Thunderstorm barrels through Dover

  • The first wave in a series of severe thunderstorms rolled into Dover around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
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  • The first wave in a series of severe thunderstorms rolled into Dover around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
    The storm, which had already barreled through New Castle County leaving power outages and downed trees in its wake according to DelDOT, darkened the state capitols skyline enough to trigger the street lights.
    By 10:45 a.m. the rain, wind, lighting and thunder calmed down, but the storm had left its mark on the region.
    Just after the storm ended Delaware Electric co-op reported 132 power outages related to the storm. Outages stretched from Sandtown to Milford.
    Dover suffered some power outages in the area of Central Church Road, but those outages were due to an accident in which a car struck a light pole earlier that morning in Smyrna, not the storm.
    Within two hours power had been restored to all but a few locations. Delaware Electric Cooperative was well prepared for the storm, said Jeremy Tucker, manager of marketing and communications for Delaware Electric Cooperative.
    "We've known for days that severe weather was coming," Tucker said. "We strategically placed trucsk across Kent and Sussex County so that we could quickly respond to outages."
    According to Tucker all of the power outages in Thursday's storm were caused by either trees or tree limbs falling onto power lines.
    The City of Dover Public Utilities Department reported no power outages.
    As of 1:30 p.m. in Thursday DelDOT had reported three road where trees or wires were down 355 Everetts Corner Road near Arthursville Road, Hay Point Road at Shorts Landing Road and Deer Track Lane and Chestnut Grove.
    As of 1:30 p.m. there were no darkened traffic signals in Kent County, according to DelDOT.
    A second round of storms is expected to hit the area around 4 p.m., with another wave possible before midnight, according to Accuweather.

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