Storm topples RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, leaving about a dozen damaged or destroyed RV trailers at one campground Tuesday amid downed trees and power lines.

The storm blew through the Santa Maria RV Park in Gautier about 8 p.m. Monday, knocking some trailers off their blocks and overturning or destroying others.

The roads leading to the RV park were littered with debris early Tuesday, and street lights were not working. Residents sifted through debris.

Despite the destruction in the park, Jackson County Director of Emergency Management Earl Etheridge said only two people were injured, neither seriously, and both were released from the hospital. He said 23 people were treated at the scene Monday night.

An early damage assessment showed the storm destroyed 17 trailers and damaged another five, with three vehicles also destroyed, Etheridge said. A nearby apartment complex had its back wall knocked off, Etheridge added.

National Weather Service meteorologist Freddie Zeigler in Slidell, La., said a crew was on the scene to assess the damage and to determine whether a tornado hit the area. A determination was expected later Tuesday, he said. Early reports were that straight-line winds as high as 50-60 mph swept through the area.

Park resident Harrold Robbins said he and girlfriend Debbie Dales were getting ready for bed and he was at the front end of the camper they share when the wind hit.