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Sandy Crosses Delaware

Road travel restricted, government offices closed

By James Smith
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 30, 2012 Last Updated: December 5, 2012
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Streets are under water on Oct. 29 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Streets are under water on Oct. 29 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

People in Delaware should stay off the roads and in their homes if possible, according to Governor Jack Markell. Though rains and winds have lessened, gusts could still topple trees. Downed power lines and trees make travel dangerous. Coastal areas are flooded.

Delaware is still formally in an emergency. Coastal communities in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties, and a flood-prone area in western Sussex County under mandatory evacuation orders are still inaccessible. The governor said emergency crews are working to reopen roads.

Delaware Emergency Operations Center updated its description of Sandy at 11 p.m. Monday. The center described it as a Super Nor’easter, no longer a hurricane.

State offices will reopen at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Essential personnel have worked through the emergency.

The state has level one driving restrictions, and businesses should stay closed to keep people off the roads. Most people are not encouraged to drive except essential personnel. That ‘includes those necessary to maintain the core functions of government and maintain health and safety by providing utility services, healthcare services, and food and fuel deliveries,” according to a statement from the governors’ office.

The Red Cross has seven shelters open across the small state.

Delaware and southern New Jersey are still under a coastal flood warning until 7 p.m. Oct. 30, according to the National Weather Service of NOAA.

A high wind warning for Delaware will be in effect until 3 p.m. Oct. 30. Winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are anticipated. “This is still a dangerous situation,” according to NOAA.

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