- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

MARYDEL, Del. (AP) - Two people were injured when a storm with high winds damaged about a dozen homes in the Kent County community of Marydel, emergency officials said Thursday.

There were “some seriously high winds,” said Colin Faulkner, director of the Kent County Division of Emergency Management. “The vacuum from the event pulled the foundation from under one house; it pulled the bricks right out.”

He said the injured couple are a husband and wife, both age 51. Faulkner said the husband was pulled from under a mattress and a pile of debris after being trapped for about 10 minutes.

Faulkner said the couple was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover. He did not describe the extent of their injuries.

The winds also brought down trees and power lines.

He said there have been reports that a funnel cloud was spotted.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., but by late Thursday, the agency had not confirmed that a tornado touched down.

Sgt. Paul Shavack, a spokesman for Delaware State Police, said Thursday night that the weather service will send representatives to Marydel on Friday to determine if a tornado did touch down.

Faulkner said no one is reported missing, and no one is trapped in a damaged structure.

Three homes, including a mobile home, will likely be condemned, Faulkner said.

Crews were working with chain saws to help clean up the area.

Utility companies reported a few thousand customers were without power.


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