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One killed after tornado strikes Delaware; severe weather slams Northeast

Tornado Warnings issued in multiple New Jersey counties

At least one person was killed when a tornado struck Delaware Saturday evening, officials said, part of a massive storm system which had already produced several deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and South on Friday.

The weather-related fatality occurred when a suspected tornado caused a structure to collapse near the Delaware town of Greenwood, the Sussex County government reported. Sussex County also posted cell phone video of a funnel cloud moving through the area at about 6 p.m. local time. 

Greenwood is located about 25 miles south of Dover.

Bethany DeBussy, a town manager for nearby Bridgeville, Delaware, told CBS News in an email that there were multiple reports of vehicle accidents and entrapments, downed power lines and gas leaks. DeBussy could not confirm if there were any injuries.

One killed after tornado strikes Delaware, as severe weather slams Northeast
Storm damage in Bridgeville, Delaware, after a suspected tornado hit the area. April 1, 2023.  Ineishia Corbett

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch Saturday evening for parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, including New York City.

Meanwhile, in the Midwest and South, at least 22 deaths have been blamed on the same storm system, which caused multiple tornadoes. The deaths were reported across seven states, according to the latest numbers compiled Saturday by CBS News, including Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Alabama, Illinois, Ohio and Mississippi.

During a heavy metal concert Friday night, a theater roof collapsed during a tornado in Belvidere, Illinois, killing a 50-year-old man and injuring about 40 others.

Earlier in the day Friday, President Biden toured the damage from a tornado last week which left at least 21 people dead in Mississippi. 

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