Residents Try To Move On After Tornado Rips Through Kent Co. Neighborhood
CAMDEN-WYOMING, Del. - It's been confirmed, a tornado touched down in Camden-Wyoming Thursday evening, damaging more than a dozen homes and injuring two people.
"I've seen a few wind storms come through but nothing this severe," says Ronald Killen, who's lived in the Camden-Wyoming area for decades.
Fallen trees, rubble piles, and debris were after a tornado, with 100-105 mile per hour winds ripped through a Kent County neighborhood.
Describing resident Chris Ford says "about 45 seconds...just a roaring sound. White, trees crashing everywhere."
According to the National Weather Service, it was a high end EF-1 tornado, combined with straight line winds. That distinction is based, partly, on how the storm destroyed trees along it's path.
"A lot of them are in the same direction, which would be indicative of a straight line wind event, but imbedded in that general pattern," says Joe Miketta with the National Weather Service, "there's actually some indication of rotation."
Ronald Killen describes how a mobile home in the neighborhood was taken by the twister "this trailer was airborne...rotating in the air." The roof was thrown about 100 yards.
The home of a 51-year-old couple, completely destroyed after the storm, but in the wake of Mother Nature's devastation, a glimpse of humanity's compassion, as neighbors banned together to save one of their own.
"As soon as I thought it was safe and it passed, and I knew I was going to okay, I came out and wanted to start checking on my neighbors," says Ford.
That's when a number of residents ran to that totaled mobile home, where their neighbor, already nursing a broken leg, was trapped under, and likely saved by, a mattress buried under a pile of rubble.
Ron's hopes weren't high, "I figured he was gone."
Fortunately both husband and wife suffered non-life threatening injuries.
"You see something like this...I mean you sort of wonder, there, but for the grace of God. Imagine what may have happened," said Delaware Governor Jack Markell during a press conference.
Now, as crews work to clear downed trees and restore power, residents are left to clean up, find a new normal, and as Ron says, "get on with life."
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