By Jenna Youngs
At 5:35 p.m., sales chairwoman Tanya Garitty announced to crowds gathering by Gate 1, near the Mainstage, that the gate would open in about an hour because of damage to two of the main tents. A pole collapsed within tent two, and there was damage to tent one as well, she said.
"If you don't know, these tents collapsed on Monday," she told the crowd. "They were being held down by railroad spikes and they still came down."
She asked the crowd to keep patient and "keep your inner peace."
Sound checks are taking place on the Mainstage, though Garitty said electricity to the damaged tents have been turned off until they can be fixed.
Elsewhere, three portable toilets were knocked over behind the Deep End stage.
Earlier, while evacuations were still taking place at the Kinlaw Boulevard entrance, 14-year-old Leah Connolly said organizers announced shortly before the storm that a line of rain was approaching and people should either head to their cars or leave for a bit as a safety precaution.
Connolly's friend, Sarah Hout, 14, said because their group of five teenagers didn't have a car, they planned to wait in the tent until the worst blew over then go back to one of their houses in a nearby residential area, however, their tent collapsed and when they almost got hit by a falling display, they took shelter in a bathroom, Hout said.
As of 5 p.m., Ichthus attendees were being allowed to leave through the Kinlaw entrance, however, only volunteers assisting with storm clean-up were allowed back into the campgrounds.
Garitty told people to remember, though concerned about their personal belongings, "it's only stuff, no one here lost their life."
At 5:50 an announcer at the mainstage said another thunderstorm cell was coming through and people should take cover for about an hour. He said the storms should be brief, but similar to the early ones. He said they are working to get Kutless and Tobymac's concerts on later: "We want as much entertainment as possible, but we're not going to endanger your safety."