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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials have issued a water quality advisory at Rehoboth Beach after high levels of bacteria were found in the water.

Rehoboth Beach City Manager Sharon Lynn says that while swimming isn't banned, warning signs were posted Thursday on the back of lifeguard stands. The beach and ocean remain open.

Elevated bacteria levels were shown in a water sample taken Wednesday, the day before the Rehoboth area got over an inch of rain.

Don Rush

While there was some treacherous road conditions in Delaware yesterday the total number of accidents were lower than expected.

Sussex County police said they saw 50 with damage to the vehicle and only one injury.

WBOC reports that most of these occurred between 8 a.m. and noon.

Delaware State Police say most of this was due to the holiday on Monday.

More Snow on the Way

Jan 19, 2016
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The snow may be melting from the weekend but the National Weather Service says to expect the snow to return by Thursday night.

The outlook calls for hazardous weather conditions in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties and the Eastern Shore of Virginia from Thursday through Saturday.

Sussex County is also expected to be under hazardous weather conditions northward.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Friday afternoon is expected to turn into a mix of snow and rain.

The Rain's Coming

Sep 30, 2015
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There could be as much as 11 inches of rain to hit the  Delmarva peninsula over the next week as Hurricane Joaquin heads northward.

The National Weather Service says there could be coastal flooding along with heavy rains.

For the lower part of the Maryland Eastern Shore the Salisbury Daily Times reports that forecasters say to expect heavy rain Thursday through Friday night.

The paper also reports that forecasters believe Joaquin could be off the Delmarva coast by 2 a.m. on Monday morning.

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The water advisory has ended at Cove Road Beach where bacteria levels had shown higher than normal levels.

The beach was closed on June 25.

But the results from yesterday’s sampling found those levels have gone down.      

The higher bacteria levels were attributed to storm water from heavy rains.

Wicomico County Health Department officials are reminding swimmers and others involved in water activities to be aware of the impact from heavy rains.  

Roaring Point beach remained open for swimming. 

Firefly Music Festival Makes History

Jun 22, 2015
Angela Byrd

Despite the downpour, high winds and lightning the  Firefly Music Festival saw some 90-thousand show up for the event.

After the weather shutdown the music festival’s acts around 10 p.m. Saturday night by Sunday morning the sun had come out and the fans came streaming in.

Saturday’s cancelation saw at least six acts including the Kings of Leon who did not make it to the stage.

On Friday, former Beatle Paul McCartney headlined the evening playing for some three hours.

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The snow is coming, again.

The National Weather Service is expected 2-to-3 inches of snow to blanket parts of Delaware through midnight on Saturday.

For the Wilmington area the snow is expected to begin tomorrow evening and continue overnight.

During the day on Saturday residents and travelers should expect the precipitation should shift to sleet and rain.

Further south in Sussex County there could be as much as an inch of snow accumulation.


Chesapeake Bay Foundation

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is opening what it says is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world.

The Brock Environmental Center's grand opening is set for Friday in Virginia Beach.

The center near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay will be home to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's environmental education programs. The center will also provide space for other local conservation partners.


Much of Delaware was drenched in rain yesterday and early this morning with three inches in some locations.

The heaviest showers hit New Castle County just before 10 p.m.

By early this morning just over 3 inches had been reported in Middletown and Blackbird.

Delaware got less rain than had parts of New Jersey and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

In Queen Anne’s county ten inches hit the towns of Queenstown and Grasonville.

WBOC reported that several roads were washed out.

In some places there was four feet of water in Grasonville.

Don Rush

The recent rains have come in just in time for the corn on the Eastern Shore.

The US Department of Agriculture says the cold front bringing in scattered showers and temperatures in the 80’s later this week are good news for farmers.

And the rain comes just as the corn crop is “silking”, that is, preparing for pollination to create the kernels.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the USDA says in Delaware 68 percent of the crop is in excellent or good condition.