‘It was a long night’: Rincon wedding venue damaged by tornado

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RINCON, Ga. (WSAV) – Just days before its grand opening, a Rincon wedding venue was damaged by the impacts of Tropical Depression Sally.

The Waters Estate owner, Andrea Allsbrook, says she lives on the McCall Road property and woke up to strong winds and debris around 3 a.m. Thursday.

That’s when a tornado warning was issued for the area.

“It was a long night to say the least,” Allsbrook said. “I was not sure what I was going to wake up to.”

The most extensive damage from the tornado can be seen at the gazebo, though the bridal suite and main pavilion were hit, too.

But following many hours of clean up at the venue, the day ended with a gorgeous double rainbow.

“You cannot make this up! Focusing on the positive and will continue to do so!” The Waters Estate posted on Facebook.

Allsbrook says it’s all the more reason that “the show must go on,” and plans to host The Waters Estate grand opening on Sept. 27, even if there are some changes to the layout.

She hopes the damage done will bring the community together for good.

The Waters Estate gazebo prior to Thursday’s damage (photo by Torianna Brooke)

A survey conducted Friday determined an EF0 or EF1 tornado occurred five miles southeast of Guyton early Thursday morning, though the final report is not out at this time.

Significant damage could be seen throughout Effingham County, with a tree falling over onto the roof of a home in Guyton.

Strong to severe thunderstorms lingered through the day as Sally tracked north of the Coastal Empire.

Tree falls on Guyton home

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