Delaware Electric Cooperative

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There was a tornado in Sussex County on Monday.

The National Weather Service says it was an EF-0 which tripped trees out of the ground and damaged building near Greenwood.

The federal agency says the tornado touched down near Route 13 between the Nanticoke River and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and headed northeast for around a half a mile.

Damage included the end of a warehouse at Delaware Electric Cooperative blowing out two large garage doors along with overturning some trailers.

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With the temperatures hitting above 90 it’s time to Beat the Peak.

That’s a program by Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative urging members to limit their energy use between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The coops note that they will be paying a premium price for electricity during those hours as demand goes up.

So members are being asked to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances as well to delay any such usage until after that period.

In addition they are urging members to raise the thermostat up just a bit.

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With the oncoming snow storm Maryland and Virginia have declared a state of emergency as Delaware Governor Jack Markell urges residents to prepare for the winter blast.

Delaware is expected to be hit the hardest on Delmarva with up to 8 inches in Sussex County while in Salisbury the snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches deep.

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The National Weather Service has declared a blizzard watch for New Castle and Kent counties, while Sussex County is under a winter storm watch.

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The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are asking their members to once again lower their energy use from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. this afternoon.

Energy use is expected to peak at that time bringing premium prices of can be up to $1 a kilowatt-hour.

It is suggested that members turnoff all unnecessary lights and appliances as well as delay any major use of appliances.  

In addition, raising the thermostat a few degrees is recommended.

Don Rush

The Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Choptank Electric Cooperative are urging members to voluntarily reduce their energy consumption between 3 and 6 this afternoon.

With the high temperatures the utilities want people to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances during that time.

In addition, they are recommending that members adjust their thermostats a few degrees higher during that time.

The utilities say this will reduce the cost of electricity since during these high use periods the price of electricity goes up substantially.

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It’s hot out there with the heat index rising above 100 degrees.

And Delmarva has begun to open up some cooling stations for those trying to seek relief.

In Wicomico County there is the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center that will be open today and tomorrow up until 8 p.m., although no pets are allowed and those seeking shelter must provide their own food and medications.

The MAC Senior Center will also be open for those over 50 with extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Shore Transit will provide transportation for those who need it.

Icy Road Conditions

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Delaware state road crews were out yesterday and overnight trying to clean off some of the secondary streets with a warning that the highways remain icy due to the cold temperatures.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there were more than a 100 crashes on Sunday spread across all three counties.

Crews were out salting the roads overnight.

Delaware Electric Cooperative said there were power outages for just over 12-hundred customers.

Most of these were in the Felton and Frederica areas.

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Snow has swept across Delmarva bringing as much as 6 inches to some parts of the region.

Schools have been closed and government offices have shut their doors as residents begin to assess the damage.

Stockley, Delaware received 6 inches of snow while Millsboro experienced 4.7 inches.

New Castle saw got 2.2 inches while Greenville received 2.6 inches.  

DART First State has suspended its fixed route, flex service and paratransit service.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gusty winds have taken down trees, causing power outages in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Delmarva Power reported more than 2,000 customers had lost electricity on Sunday morning. The outages were centered mostly in New Castle County and Cecil County, Maryland.

By mid-afternoon, Delmarva Power was still showing outages affecting about 1,500 customers.

In the Lewes area, the Delaware Electric Cooperative reported about a dozen customers lost service.

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Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative want their customers to voluntarily limit energy use between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

With the temperatures expected to be in the lower 80’s, the co-ops say that they expect electrical usage will peak during those hours.

And they expect to be buying extra power from the market at a premium price.

During peak demand the co-ops can pay up to a $1 per kilowatt-hour which is passed on to the customer.

So, they want consumers to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances.

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