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State of emergency declared in Delaware after Tropical Storm Isaias

Jeff Neiburg
Delaware News Journal

Delaware Gov. John Carney declared and signed a state of emergency order Tuesday after Tropical Storm Isaias rolled through the state and spawned at least one tornado, caused flooding, downed trees and power lines and killed one woman.

The state of emergency allows the Delaware Emergency Management Agency to direct and coordinate the resources to assist with response in the areas affected by the storm.

It also directs the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police, in consultation with DEMA and the Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, to close bridges and roads as necessary to protect the health and safety of Delawareans and travelers.

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“Several communities in Delaware experienced significant damage from Tropical Storm Isaias,” Carney said in a statement. “We are declaring a State of Emergency to provide coordinated assistance for response and recovery efforts from this storm damage. Severe weather can happen quickly. I urge all Delawareans to stay safe, and prepare for any future weather events by visiting preparede.org.”

The emergency order was effective as of 3 p.m. Tuesday and lasts "until further notice."

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Carney's statewide order came just hours after Dover mayor Robin Christiansen declared a state of emergency in Delaware's capital, where significant damage occurred and many were left without power after the storm ripped through.

The full text of the state of emergency is below.

Contact Jeff Neiburg at jneiburg@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.