A tornado appeared Monday evening near Greenwood in Sussex County, Delaware, according to the National Weather Service, based in Mount Holly, Burlington County.

With a maximum path width of 200 yards, the estimated maximum wind speed was 85 mph, which registers as a EF0, NWS said. An EF5 has wind speeds greater than 200 mph.

A path of straight-line winds began in a wooded area near the intersection of Adams Road and 583A, which is behind the Delaware Electric Cooperative facility on U.S. Route 13 in Greenwood, according to the NWS and 6abc.com

Several trees were snapped and uprooted, NWS said.

The south end of a warehouse at the Delaware Electric Cooperative was pushed in with two large garage doors blown out. A section of the roof was also significantly damaged, NWS said.

A tornado also touched down between the Nanticoke River, which flows through Sussex County, and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and tracked northeast for about 0.6 miles before lifting, the NWS said.

There was substantial damage to a farm with a couple of small barns destroyed. Several trees were snapped or blown over along with damage to a few nearby power poles and wires, NWS said.

A large unoccupied chicken coup, about 200 feet in length, was lifted and moved several feet off its foundation with some metal roof panels on the north end that were twisted in a southerly direction, NWS said.

Across the street from the farm on Sugar Hill Road, a couple sections of large central pivot irrigation systems were lifted and tipped onto their side. Each section of the irrigation weighs about 8,800 pounds, NWS said.

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency, Sussex County Emergency Management, Delaware Electric Cooperative and Greenwood residents gave information to the National Weather Service about the tornado's damage.

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