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07/13/04

Sudden Storm Leaves Behind Damage In Ocean Springs

A severe storm swept through Ocean Springs Tuesday evening leaving behind a string of damage. The storm packed wind, hail and heavy rain. It hit around 5:15, leaving trees down and some streets flooded.

Some of the worst damage was at the R-V-tel park just off Highway 90, where an awning covering a dozen campers and boats blew off.

Metal awning pieces and RV parts were scattered about. Several people were inside their campers when the storm hit.

The collapsed awning trapped one woman inside for a short time. That woman wasn't hurt, but she and the campers right next door were more than shaken up.

She told WLOX News the wind "actually lifted the front of our motor home and dropped us back down. It was like a tornado. I don't know what it was, but we're all okay. My motor home isn't, but I am, and my granddaughter is. Everybody around us is."

Another witness, Cathy Bowman, said the storm terrified her children.

"The lightning was very bad. You could hear the debris coming over the top. You could hear debris hitting the motor homes. It was really scary, but everyone's okay," Bowman said.

by Ontario Richardson

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