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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Update: Markell lifts State of Emergency in Kent County

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  • Update
    Gov. Jack Markell has lifted the State of Emergency Level One Driving Warning for Kent County. New Castle County remains under a State of Emergency with a Level 1 Driving Warning until further notice.
    Road conditions in Kent County have improved since this morning, but some roads still have snow and ice on them. DelDOT continues to work on plowing and salting roads. Drivers should exercise caution, particularly on back roads or areas that become icy. 
    “If you have to go out on the roads today, please drive slowly and carefully,” said Gov. Markell.  “Hundreds of DelDOT employees continue working to improve road conditions, but snowy and icy spots still exist and drivers should exercise caution.”
    Previously reported
    State offices in New Castle and Kent Counties are closed during regular business hours today by order of Gov. Jack Markell.
    A Limited State of Emergency and Level 1 Driving Warning were also issued by Governor Markell before 6 a.m. Delaware Code defines a Level 1 Driving Warning in this manner: "A "Level 1 Driving Warning" shall mean that any person operating a motor vehicle when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated shall exercise extra caution in the operation of their motor vehicle. Nonessential employees, regardless of whether employed by a public or private entity, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle on the State's roadways when a Level 1 Driving Warning has been activated, unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so."
    A Winter Storm Warning continues in New Castle County until 6:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Kent County also remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 1:00 p.m. today, Feb. 13.
    A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect statewide until midnight tonight. Areas of minor coastal flooding are expected with evening high tides. Areas of poor drainage will be affected and some roadway flooding may be experienced. More precipitation is expected this afternoon and evening.
    Snowfall totals vary across the state with most areas with accumulations over 10 inches so far in parts of New Castle County. Amounts are lower downstate, with around 6 inches of snow reported in the Dover area. Inland Sussex County saw 1 to 2 inches, with mostly rain in the beach areas.
    Delmarva Power and the Delaware Electric Cooperative are both reporting power outages and the numbers are changing quickly as crews are able to restore service to affected areas.
    Local closures
    Smyrna School District schools and Providence Creek Academy are closed today due to the storm. Town of Smyrna offices will not open until 12 p.m. today.
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