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Campers escape injury in NGU storm


GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) — About 900 teenagers and camp staff narrowly escaped injury when severe storms struck the campus of North Greenville University July 21.

The students, who were attending Centrifuge and M-fuge camps, were finishing a worship service and about to move to Bible study classes in NGU’s Donnan Administration Building when the storm hit, according to the university’s website. Half that building’s roof was torn off and the debris landed on the Neves Academic Building a few yards away, a quarter of which collapsed.

Damage to the campus was estimated at $500,000 to $1 million.

While a tornado was not reported, storms like the one that struck the campus may pack winds in excess of 60 mph, a National Weather Service meteorologist told the Greensville News.

The students were expected to finish out their week of camp and fall classes will begin as scheduled on Aug. 20. The university is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.