UPDATED – Saturday, 9:30am – Tropical Storm Fay passed off the coast of Delmarva yesterday morning – and brought a lot of rain to the eastern side of Sussex County. The National Weather Service reports that beach areas saw from about 5 ½ inches to nearly 7 inches of rain. There were reports of flooding at Routes 1 and 54 in Fenwick Island, as well as in Bethany Beach, Lewes, Long Neck and Oak Orchard. A DelDOT weather gauge in the Long Neck area read winds of 47mph with gusts to 57mph. A gust of 56mph was also measured in Lewes.
The effects of Tropical Storm Fay are now being felt at the beaches and across Delmarva.
The storm is expected to bring more rain and gusty winds, with the potential of flooding. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for southeastern Sussex County until 12:30 p.m. Sussex County and lower Delaware Bay are also under a Tropical Storm Warning.
From the National Weather Service:
* Flash Flood Warning for…
Southeastern Sussex County in southern Delaware…
* Until 1230 PM EDT.
* At 632 AM EDT, Doppler radar and automated gauges indicated heavy
rain falling across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have
already fallen. Flash flooding is imminent or occurring,
especially in coastal locations.
HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by heavy rain.
SOURCE…Radar and automated gauges.
IMPACT…Flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas,
highways, streets and underpasses as well as other
drainage and low lying areas.
* Some locations that could experience flooding include…
Millsboro, Lewes, Dagsboro, Millville, Henlopen Acres, Cape
Henlopen State Park, Long Neck, Ocean View, Frankford, South
Bethany and Dewey Beach.
Protecting yourself from immediate threats to life and safety shall
take priority. Whenever possible, as long as it does not cause
greater harm, all COVID-19 protective action guidance should be
Turn around…don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Worcester County until 11 a.m.
Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Co-operative are making preparations in the event of possible outages. Customers are advised to keep supplies on hand such as bottled water, non-perishable foods, flashlights with working batteries and to make sure cell phones are charged.
Delmarva Power has listed two outages in Sussex County this morning, one near Clarksville-Millville and another in the Millsboro-Dagsboro area.
DelDOT is also monitoring the progress of the storm, and cautions drivers to be prepared for flooding and areas of high water. Motorists should not try to drive through high water.
The Rehoboth Beach Patrol says visitors should expect red flag ‘no swimming’ warnings to be posted today due to dangerous rip currents.