Tornado confirmed in Kent County, Delaware
CAMDEN, Del. (AP) - September 4, 2012 (WPVI) -- Officials have confirmed that a tornado touched down in Camden, Delaware on Monday, damaging homes and leaving hundreds of residents without power.
According to the National Weather Service the tornado had estimated maximum winds of 85mph classifying it as an EF-0.
The tornado touchdown point was near Dawson Lane in the Barclay Farms section of Camden, a 55 and older community, at around 3:20 p.m.
Barclay Farms resident Carl Henderson had been sitting on his porch looking at the rain when something told him to get inside the house.
"All of a sudden we heard a roar. The next thing you know, it was like a train going right through our house. I looked out and the porch was gone, part of the roof started blowing away, the neighbor's roof was gone," said Henderson.
73-year-old Jim Hanacek and his wife Jean were looking outside at what they described as strange cloud formation.
"I said, 'Boy that is strange!' then all of a sudden, she started getting cyclonic. I said, 'Let's get in the house'. We ran into the house, closed the doors, and then stuff started flying," said Jim Hanacek.
"Something hit the house so hard, and he and I just dropped to the floor and we just stayed there until it was all over with," said Jean Hanacek. "And I got up to this."
A large portion of the roof on their home was ripped away; a portion of the house was literally lifted from the foundation.
"Water was just pouring in so fierce, and the whole roof to the garage was gone. And he said, 'Oh my God, we've been hit,'" Jean said.
Fire officials say the storm heavily damaged 8 homes and caused minor damage to 20 others.
Jim Hanacek suffered injuries when he stepped on a piece of glass.
"I'm just happy we didn't get hurt and the glass doors didn't come in," said Hanacek.
Officials also say one firefighter was injured while attempting to provide assistance to a resident of the area.
Both injuries were minor and the injured were treated and released from the hospital.
The Hanceks' neighbors, the Landons, sat outside on the street and stare at their house Tuesday. The utilities are turned off because of the extent of the damage.
They're waiting to find out when repairs can be made and they can return.
"They won't let us back in. Everything's shut off so we're in a hold until they tell us it's fixed and ready which will be awhile," Pam Landon said.
Eight families remain were displaced by Monday's confirmed tornado.
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