Laurel - By Monday afternoon, it had been officially confirmed that a tornado ripped through the Laurel area beginning earlier in the morning at 3:38 AM. The National Weather Service said the tornado's wind speed exceeded over 110 mph with a length of 6.2 miles and about 50 yards wide. The tornado has been classified as an EF2, only the 14th EF2 or greater tornado in Delaware since 1960.
It blew off the roof an Utz Snacks facility, forced a tree into a house on Seaford Rd, and tore the side of the home belonging to Craig Moore. "About a quarter to four a horrific wind storm came through, " Moore said. "All of a sudden the side of my house just came off."
During that first moments of the tornado, the Laurel Fire Department responded to two calls as a result of the tornado. That was followed by an additional 12. Along Woodland Ferry Rd, the tornado snapped in two a wooden telephone pole, uprooted trees, damaged farm structures, and irrigation equipment.
"I have been here a long time and I have never seen damage such as we had this morning," Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lowe said. "We were very fortunate in the incidents we had only one injury that was reported and the person was transported to the hospital."