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A major winter storm passed through Sussex County on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, dumping as much as 8 inches of snow in the western and central parts of the county and pounding the coast with high tides, monstrous waves and high winds.

Most of Seaford and part of Bridgeville were without power for two hours Tuesday evening due to what Conectiv called a weather-related problem. About 3,400 customers were affected. Other power outages were reported in Delmar, Gumboro, Lewes, Milford, Millsboro and Selbyville.

Most major roads have remained passable but secondary roads continue to be treacherous if not impassable because road crews have been unable to reach them. Because of the condition of secondary roads, some public school districts in Sussex County are closed for the fourth straight day.

During the storm Tuesday, roads in central and western Sussex County were continually covered by drifting, blowing snow. On the coast, meanwhile, Indian River and Rehoboth bays rose to cover the shoulder of Route 1 South as high tide passed at 11:30 a.m.

In South Bethany, Ocean Drive was breached in a couple of spots but there appeared to be no structural damage to the road. There was also some flooding from ocean and bay water in Dewey Beach and Broadkill Beach, respectively, and some beach erosion although no dunes were reported lost to the storm.

The storm, called a classic Nor'easter by meteorologists, began bearing down on Delmarva overnight and had dropped about 2 to 4 inches of snow across Sussex County by 6 a.m. Tuesday. The snow turned to freezing rain on the coast and winds picked up during the day to sustained speeds of 30-40 miles per hour.

Sussex County government offices were also closed and the Sussex County Council meeting was cancelled for the second straight week. The Tuesday, Feb. 1 council meeting will begin at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

The storm also postponed Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper's State of the State address before the General Assembly in Dover again. The governor was finally able to deliver his address on Thursday, Jan. 27.

The storm developed off the Carolina coast Monday and pummeled some sections of North and South Carolina with 20 inches of snow. Up to 18 inches fell around Mid-Atlantic cities such as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Blowing Snow on Route 24

Photos: Blowing snow proved treacherous in central and western Sussex County while two hogs on a farm on Route 24 east of Laurel were slowed down by the white stuff, too.

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