American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

ABCOPAD & Delaware Tornado


The tornado that touched down in Delaware as Tropical Storm Isaias rolled through had a track of 29.2 miles, the longest path a tornado has taken in Delaware since records started being kept in the 1950s, the National Weather Service said. The maximum width of the tornado was 200 yards and its top wind speed was 105 mph.

Christ Memorial Baptist Church, Dover, in the path of the tornado, was fortunate to sustain no damage to its building, although many trees on the property were felled by the winds. 

Church members, under the leadership of Pastor Jeff Collins, quickly mobilized to provide relief to the surrounding community.  Operation Good Neighbor offered volunteers the opportunity to clean up tornado damage from around the church and neighborhood.

Financial aid to support the clean-up efforts can be made through the "ABCOPAD Disaster Relief Donations" fund.