BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes


From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

Reports from the Sussex County EOC indicate that the Lewes area was the hardest hit in Sussex County.  Two homes were seriously damaged from high winds and many low lying areas were impacted by flood waters.

Bethany Beach Police report that the dunes were breached in several areas, however, the boardwalk suffered no damage. 

Troopers and National Guard units assigned to Ocean View continue to support OVPD.  The extra help allowed for a heavy police presence in the Ocean View area throughout the night.  During the past 24 hours, no crimes were reported in Ocean View.

The driving ban remains in effect.  Contact OVPD or the Sussex County Storm Line at (302) 856-7366 for driving ban updates.

Also:

Reminder, again -- a travel ban is in place except for emergency personnel and those evacuating. Please give workers time to do their jobs unimpeded.

The Indian River Inlet Bridge remains closed, pending a dive inspection. This is likely to take days. Please plan accordingly.

There are many reports of trees and branches down. Delaware Electric Co-op customers, call (302) 349-9009 to report lost power or downed/sparking lines. Delmarva Power customers who have lost power or see downed/sparking lines, call 1-800-898-8042 or 1-800-898-8045.

Our Webcam is showing signs the dunes were slightly overtopped at Bethany's bandstand area, but the boardwalk is looking good and getting visitors already. Traffic for the Webcam is still heavy and that, or incompatibilities with individual devices, may result in error messages. The Webcam cam be viewed at http://coastalpoint.com/webcam/index.html.

Last night's reports on the tornado reported in Lewes indicated 30-40 homes damaged by a possible F2 tornado, some seriously.

We encourage everyone to stay off the roads until the travel ban is lifted. But if you are already in a location where you are seeing storm-related news, please share it with us on our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/coastalpoint or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/coastalpoint. We will be making ongoing updates through those services as information comes in. Periodic updates at coastalpoint.com will continue as warranted.