Adam and Ashley Mayo were spending a relaxing week at the Monroe Bay Campground near Colonial Beach, Va., when things changed in the blink of an eye Friday evening (April 21), the Roanoke Times reported.
At about 7 p.m., rain started to fall. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a fierce storm swept through the campground.
Heavy rain and hail poured down and howling wind tore up trees and toppled campers. Debris, trashcans and tables whizzed through the air, Ashley Mayo, 33, said Saturday.
The couple fled their RV, which is close to Monroe Creek’s shoreline, and ran to a friend’s nearby camper, where he held the glass sliding door closed. The Mayos held on for dear life.
“[The] camper was lifting off the blocks,” Ashley Mayo said. “It was so loud you couldn’t hear anything.”
The Charlottesville-area couple said the storm lasted only about five to 10 minutes, but seemed like forever.
“Worst thing I’ve ever been through, I can tell you that,” said Adam Mayo, 36, who described the storm as “unbelievable.”
Several RVs either toppled over or were hit by falling trees. Buzzing chainsaws echoed throughout the campground Saturday as crews were busy clearing up the mess caused by dozens of felled trees.
The Mayos consider themselves lucky to have escaped the storm mostly unscathed, as do many others who experienced the storm, which appears to have been isolated mostly to the campground area and Colonial Beach.
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