The road to storm recovery


Early Sunday morning a tornado ripped through parts of the Escatawpa community, leaving damage on all levels.

The EF-1 tornado’s winds rose to 110 miles per hour during its mile stretch of an Escatawpa community, leaving damage to 16 homes.

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News 25 visited this community right off Highway 613 today and citizens were out in full force to help in any way they could.

Ninety-two year-old Ruby Howell has lived in her home on Kimberly Circle for more than 40 years. Now, she is left to rebuild what those early Sunday morning storms left. “I was devastated. I didn’t know it was this bad until later on when I walked out and looked.”

While walking through her home and seeing the severity of the damage, she couldn’t help but feel blessed. “I thank God. He just wasn’t ready for us.”

Her daughter, Glenda Cummins, lives just down the street. When she knew a storm was coming she rushed over to her house. Once she arrived they got into the closet together to wait it out. “I was trying to stay calm for her, but I could just feel myself shaking. I heard some commotion and so I walked in and I told my mother I am going to see about something and I walked back down the hall and I looked into the kitchen and the ceiling was on the floor and rain was just pouring in.”

Cummins and her husband are determined to keep a positive attitude for the road of recovery ahead. “All this don’t mean nothing. It’s life that means something.”

“You may have 25 percent of your house here, but we are going to come back better and stronger.”

Many people in the Escatawpa community took shelter so no injuries were reported.