Governor Carney Tours Tornado Aftermath, As Community Surveys Damage


One day after an EF2 tornado tore through communities in Western Sussex County, Governor John Carney was on the ground touring the damage in Laurel.

The Governor was joined by local and state emergency management officials and elected leaders. According to the Laurel Fire Department, Governor Carney said “My heart goes out to these folks. To see this kind of damage, it’s really devastating.” Remarking on the fact that no one was seriously injured or killed, the Governor said “Again, you just feel really, really lucky.”

The Laurel Fire Department says as many as 24 structures were damaged, ranging from roofs damaged, to almost complete destruction. The Department says most roads in the area have since reopened, although intermittent closures are expected as cleanup continues. Updated traffic closures are available at

Residents have begun the process of cleaning up debris and contacting their insurance companies. The American Red Cross and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is working with families and property owners affected by the storm.