Hancock County "Escaped" Cindy's Wrath

A Dunbar Avenue mailbox never had a leafy canopy until Tropical Storm Cindy made an unscheduled delivery. Charles Brinson is the property's maintenance man.

"I didn't realize it had gotten to this extent until I came out this morning," he said, just before he started a chain saw and cut up a fallen tree.

Sometime overnight, Cindy uprooted the tree. Brinson cut up the fallen storm debris. His friend dragged it to the curb.

On Old Spanish Trail, Freddie South tossed snapped twigs into a wheelbarrow.

"It wasn't much of a storm, to tell you the truth," said South. "A little water backed up. But besides that, it wasn't much of a storm."

Across the street, Jack Sotak thought about the pounding his roof took overnight.

"The rain was unbelievable," he said.

Yet Sotak's yard looked very little like a storm ravaged property. He only had a few limbs littering his yard. He threw them away. And then he counted his blessings.

"We escaped. Hopefully, we'll do it again," he said, thinking about the next storm ready to enter the gulf.

Bay St. Louis had its share of overnight power outages. And it did have some high water issues, especially in its low lying areas. But neighbors said Cindy turned out to be nothing more than a good dress rehearsal for Dennis. And Dennis is gaining strength in the Caribbean.

"As long as it's no worse than what we had, I'm fine," said South.