Storm damage in Wayne County


JESUP, Ga., (WSAV) —

Some communities in Wayne County also hit hard by the storm. Gusty winds left trees on top of homes, a church without a roof, and pump blown over at a gas station.

“The winds just blew them over and then it caught on fire,” Deputy Director, Wayne County Emergency Management, Sharon Courson says

First responders quickly jumped into action and put it out. Just minutes away a tree crashed on this Jesup home while a grandmother was inside with her grandson.

“It was the most horrifying experience of my life…all of sudden it started raining and everything started flying around my backyard. And then I heard something hit the house and glass shattered the window and flew at me and my grandbaby who was in the playpen sleeping,” Heidi Connell said.

Unfortunately, Connell, couldn’t do much about the damage because power lines were tangled with a tree.

Just blocks away a roof was ripped off Market Place International Church days before Easter. Leaving many in shock once they arrived to check it out.

“It was intact before the roof was intact but now the roof is on the ground. So we were just kind of shocked when we opened the door and saw everything and we could just see up to the sky, the rain was pouring in,” Member, Angela Walker says.

That’s not the only damage. The church also houses a DUI training, beauty salon, and other services in another wing. But with prayer, they believe they can return to the pews.

“I think that it’s a set back in a way but I think it’s going to be fine I think we’re going to pull together and we are just going to have faith and step forward and we’re going to be fine I really feel like it’s going to turn into a blessing. I really do,” Walker said.

Wayne County officials say they’re happy no one was hurt.

“Just trying to get everyone back to normal and get things fixed,” Courson said.

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