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Storm damages homes in Long, Liberty counties
The living room of James Platt's mobile home in the Land O'Lakes Mobile Home Park in Long County is a shambles after a strong storm blew through the area early Tuesday morning. - photo by Photo by Lewis Levine

Strong winds blew through neighborhoods in Long and Liberty counties early Tuesday morning, damaging several homes and vehicles and uprooting trees.

The National Weather Service’s Charleston office issued a preliminary report Tuesday afternoon saying that the damage was caused by straight-line winds as strong as 65 mph in Long and Liberty counties.

James Platt, who was asleep when the storm hit the Land O’Lakes Mobile Home Park off of Barrett Cemetery Road in Long County, woke up to the sounds of debris hitting the roof of his home and a tree crashing through his living room.

“Just a lot of wind, it was just crazy. I don’t know if I would say like a train, but it was loud, it was wind, it was crazy loud, lots of stuff hitting the roof, just woke me up from a dead sleep.”

Platt and his roommate were not injured, but the living room was a shambles where the tree fell through.

“It’s trashed,” Platt said. “I mean, it’s just trashed.”

The tree fell through his mobile home so quickly, he said, it was as though the tree simply went from being upright to instantly being in his home.

“I mean it’s, one minute it’s not there, the next minute it is,” Platt said. “It wasn’t like we saw it coming through. It’s just there. Except for the warning from the wind and the debris, it was just there. It’s hard to say it even fell through, it was just there.”

Platt and his roommate got out of the mobile home through the back door, as the tree blocked the front door and porch.

Platt has lived in the mobile home for 10 years, but as he stood in front of his destroyed mobile home after the storm had passed, he was not sure what would happen next.

“It’s one day at a time, I reckon,” he said. “We’ll see what happens in the morning.”

Other homes in the park sustained damage as uprooted trees landed near the structures.

According to officials, there were no injuries, and Platt and his roommate were the only ones displaced. The American Red Cross is providing assistance.

Linda Harrison, who lives on Kuwe Trail in the Cherokee Rose subdivision in Hinesville, said she woke up “when something hit the top of my house” between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“I got really scared, and I heard the trees cracking outside and the wind blowing really hard and raining,” she said. “And then all of the sudden, branches started hitting the top of my house, and I thought the tree was going to come right through, but thank God it never did.”

Video editor Lawrence Dorsey contributed to this report.

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