NWS: Del. Co. Storm Damage Likely Caused by Straight-Line Winds

It’s been a waiting game for some Delaware County storm victims this past week… The powerful winds that moved through Monday morning caused numerous damage from Arlington to Epworth. And while some people got out the chainsaws just hours after the storms, others like Kevin Maloney had to wait until insurance adjusters paid a visit. Maloney, who lives a few miles north of Manchester on Firefly Road, lost a large machine shed, two large grain bins and at least one vehicle. He says the storm destroyed pretty much everything he and his wife, Sheena, owned that wasn’t in the house.

The National Weather Service usually surveys storm damage to determined if it was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds, but Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ryan says after the NWS office reviewed radar and information provided to them, they’ve concluded it was most likely straight-line winds.

Monday’s straight-line winds left two paths of damage throughout Delaware County.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm that hit Fayette County was a weak EF-1 tornado, with winds estimated to be 100 to 110 miles per hour. Officials say the 50-yard wide twister touched down southeast of Maynard and was on the ground for nearly six miles before lifting southwest of Arlington. The National Weather Service also surveyed storm damage in Clayton County, but couldn’t confirm the destruction there was caused by a tornado. The Amish grocery store was destroyed in that storm, and it was completely rebuilt by Wednesday – check out the photo below!


Regardless of whether the damage on Monday was caused by a tornado or straight-line winds, Maloney says it’s a reminder to take storms seriously.

Here’s a map of the county’s storm damage path that Delaware County Emergency Management created earlier this week: