By CBS3 Staff

DOVER, Del. (CBS) – Authorities in Dover, Delaware are responding to multiple calls of possible tornado damage in the city. They are currently asking residents to not call 911 unless it’s an emergency.

“Please remain patient as we work through these issues. Our partners at Dover Fire and Dover Electric are working with us as well,” Dover Police Department-Delaware posted on Facebook.

Dover Police say their building is operating on generator power which has impacted some of their operations.

A state of emergency has been declared in the city of Dover, which includes driving restrictions.

“We are asking you to stay in your homes and avoid unnecessary travel,” Dover Police said. “If your vehicle is parked on the street where trees are down, please move it if possible to help our utility and cleanup crews.”

Several tornado warnings were issued for parts of Delaware throughout Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service indicated there were tornadoes in Sandtown, Dover and Smyrna.

Credit: City of Dover, Delaware – Electric Department

Delaware Electric is reporting thousands of customers are without power across Kent and Sussex counties as a result of the storm.

Officials say outages are expected to last several hours and potentially much longer.