Meridian Star

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April 30, 2014

Riding out the storm

MERIDIAN —     ZERO — Storms that spawned tornadoes across Mississippi Monday night didn't cause any major damage in the small community of Zero south of Meridian.

    But residents like April Roberts still felt the storm's impact.

    Roberts and her two children were among about 20 residents who sought shelter at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, which serves as the community's storm shelter.

    Then, at about 9:30 p.m., the church and homes in the Zero community lost power.

    After the storm moved through after midnight, Roberts said she tried to go home but discovered that the road on which her trailer is located was washed out and was impassable by car.

    "I wound up walking to my house to get my stuff out of the refrigerator and we went to my sister-in-law's house," Roberts said.  "It was a rough night. I didn't get any sleep at all. It was a horrible night."

    Mariea Martinez, her husband and their four children fared better.

    The family's home came equipped with an underground storm shelter when they bought it.

    They rode out the storm inside the shelter for about three hours Monday night.

    "My kids were terrified," Martinez said.

    Lauderdale County crews out surveying damage in the community Tuesday morning said they encountered downed tree limbs and some flooding.

    Storm water had undercut a driveway in front of one home on Zero Road and collapsed the driveway, preventing the homeowners from driving off their property.

    In Meridian, an awning collapsed at a Cefco Convenience Store on 45th Avenue. There were reports of some downed trees in Meridian and Lauderdale County.

    "My oldest child thought it was kind of scary," Roberts said of the storm.

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