Sunday hailstorm smashes Eastpoint

An oyster boat damaged in Sunday’s storm. Photo available for purchase

An oyster boat damaged in Sunday’s storm.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 08:02 AM.

Island View Seafood was badly damaged Sunday during a severe thunderstorm that generated several waterspouts or tornadoes.

Although no tornado warning was issued, National Weather Service Forecaster Ron Block said that signatures for cyclonic winds were seen on radar, and special marine warnings were issued for Franklin County at 3:31 p.m., 3:43 p.m. and 3:51 p.m.

The storms moved east at 30 miles per hour and battered both St. George Island and Eastpoint where witnesses reported quarter-sized hail. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded winds in excess of 60 mph.

Emergency Management Director Pam Brownell said three older mobile homes were damaged and had to be covered with tarps. One may be condemned. Sheds and trampolines were swept away across the community and many tin roofs were damaged in waterfront buildings on US 98.

She said no injuries have been reported related to the storm.

Part of the roof of Island View Seafood on Patton Drive was torn off and deposited in the street. An oyster boat lay smashed in front of the building. County workers quickly removed the debris from the right-of-way.

Multiple trees and large limbs were down in Eastpoint.

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