GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - While most people celebrated Easter by going to church and visiting family, some people at the Santa Maria RV Park are still picking up the pieces from this past Monday's storm. Straight line winds tore through the park late Monday night, destroying several RVs and leaving residents injured and homeless.
Rob and Cherie Quinn spent their Easter Sunday rummaging through what they can salvage from their RV. Memories from Monday night are still fresh on his mind.
"After 30 years of marriage, I've never lied to you, but I have to tell you the truth - I didn't believe a word I was saying that night when I said we would be alright. I didn't think we were going to make it," said Rob.
It's been six days since Rob and Cherie Quinn went through what they call the most traumatic experience of their lives.
"In three to five seconds, the camper was lifted up, got air born, was thrown about five feet and slammed down on the side where the slide outs are," said Rob.
The Quinns are an adventurous couple, and have even lived on a sail boat. In this new chapter of their lives, they bought an RV and planned to drive it to all 50 states, but they never imagined a situation like this would halt their plan.
"There's always the threat of lightening and fire, but not a twister, not a tornado. It was just unbelievable, not in a million years," said Cherie.
The winds flipped, threw, and mangled several RVs, littering the campground with debris. One of the only RVs not completely destroyed belonged to the Quinns, and they believe its structure is what saved their lives.
"The frame is actually made of aluminum and that's what kept the outside together. Of course the inside, with the violence, it just blew the inside apart," said Rob.
For the first few days after the storm, Rob says he and his wife were in "zombie mode." They came to the campground to clean up, but weren't able to make any progress because they were still in disbelief. Now he says reality has sunk in.
"I know today's Easter, the resurrection of Christ, and we celebrate that day, but we celebrated a little different. We were able to be together and love each other. We celebrate it that the things that God did leave us we can salvage it, and move on. Our life will get back together. It's just not going to be today," said Rob.
The Quinns' camper was insured, but they do not believe it is salvageable.