GAUTIER, Miss. – A storm packing powerful wind gusts overturned up to 30 recreational vehicles at a campground near Mississippi's Gulf coast, authorities said.
The storm blew through the Santa Maria RV Park in Gautier at around 8 p.m. Monday, toppling the RVs, Gautier police Capt. Jerry Cooksey told the Sun Herald. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths, but at least two people who were trapped in RVs had been rescued, the newspaper reported.
The National Weather Service doesn't think it was a tornado, meteorologist Robert Ricks said.
"It was straight-line winds of about 50 mph and none of the RVs were tied down," Ricks told the paper. "In talking with emergency management personnel, there were no power lines down. It appears to be because of the straight-line winds in an RV park configuration without tie-downs."
Officials said several cars were also overturned, television station WLOX reported.
Keith Davis, the police chief in nearby Moss Point, said there were downed power lines and trees there. He said one power line caught fire but it was quickly extinguished.
A severe thunderstorm warning had been in effect in advance of a strong cold front moving into the region.