Severe Weather Possible Wednesday into Thursday

Date Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021


Smyrna, DE – The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) along with local, state, and federal partners, are closely monitoring the remnant low from Hurricane Ida.  We continue to coordinate with the counties and key state agencies to ensure readiness if the system worsens.  The main threats are anticipated to include rain, flooding, and severe thunderstorms.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Delaware from Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon.  Flooding is expected in creeks, streams, urban areas, and poor drainage areas.   There is an increased risk of severe weather for Delaware Wednesday evening and night including strong to severe thunderstorms causing downed trees and power lines, as well as potential for isolated tornadoes.  Plan ahead now and be prepared.

Ida Morning Briefing describing the threats from the storm.

Map showing rainfall amounts for the state.

How to Prepare:
  • Clear drains and gutters and check sump pumps
  • Never drive through flood water: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Be prepared to act if Tornado Warnings or other severe weather warnings are issued.

Make A Plan –

  • Make a plan for where you would go if you had to leave your home due to an evacuation or if it sustained damage.
  • Communicate and practice your plan with family.
  • Have a list of emergency contacts and copies of important documents.

Make An Emergency Kit –

  • Make sure that you have emergency supplies, such as food and water, for each member of your family (and pets) to last for at least 3 days.
  • Have flashlights in case of power outages and fully charged power banks to charge electronic devices.

Stay Informed

For more preparedness tips:
For weather updates from the National Weather Service:
For updates on the roads: and through their app
Contact: Jeff Sands, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, 302-659-2211.