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  • Water tops local roads as remnants of tropical storm hits region

  • Tropical Storm Karen's remnants caused headaches for some people in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area today.
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  • Tropical Storm Karen's remnants caused headaches for some people in the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area today.
    Rain water and a rising tide combined to force the Appoquinimink Creek over Old Corbit Road, east of Odessa, where at least one motorist became stranded at about 3 p.m.
    The Odessa and Port Penn fire companies both brought boats to the scene, before determining a tow truck would be able to remove the Hyundai sedan from the water.
    The driver managed to get out of the vehicle and did not require medical treatment, according to emergency responders at the scene.
    DelDOT recommended motorists observe warning signs posted on the road and avoid the area starting about 3:30 p.m.
    High water on nearby Old State Road in Odessa also was making driving treacherous for vehicles, including school buses taking students home for the day.
    That road remained open as of 3:30 p.m.
    Meanwhile, nearly a hundred homes between New Castle and Townsend were without power through much of Monday afternoon as strong winds wrecked havoc on power lines.
    New Castle County still managed to fair better than Cecil County to the west where thousands of homes were without electricity.
    A Tornado Watch issued for the entire state of Delaware just before 9 a.m. was lifted in New Castle County about 2:30 p.m.
    However, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Kent and Sussex counties until 3:15 p.m., with winds expected to reach as high as 45 mph.
    All outdoor sports for Appoquinimink and Middletown High schools have been cancelled for Monday afternoon.

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