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  • Storm/Tornado (?) Hits Ga. Dome; Delays SEC Hoops Tourney

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080315/...pHI2aaJ8ys0NUE

    Storms rips through downtown Atlanta

    7 minutes ago
    ATLANTA - A severe storm ripped through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, damaging skyscrapers, hotels and two major sports arenas filled with thousands of pro and college basketball fans.
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    National Weather Service officials were unsure if a tornado had touched down, but wind was clocked at up to 60 mph as the storm moved through the city.
    Numerous windows were broken at CNN Center.
    At the Georgia Dome, where Mississippi State was playing the University of Alabama in a Southeastern Tournament basketball game, catwalks swayed and insulation fell from the roof, sending fans fleeing toward the exits and the teams to their locker rooms.
    The game resumed after a delay of about an hour.
    It wasn't immediately known if a tornado struck the 16-year-old building, though a roaring noise was heard inside as the storm moved through downtown Atlanta.
    "I thought it was a tornado or a terrorist attack," said Mississippi State guard Ben Hansbrough, who was guarding Alabama's Mykal Riley when a rumbling noise was heard from above.
    Both teams stopped and looked toward the Teflon-coated Fiberglas fabric roof, which is designed to flex slightly during high wind, but was rippling heavily in the storm, much like waves rolling toward the shore.
    Those who remained at their seats looked anxiously toward the roof. The game was stopped with Mississippi State leading 64-61 with 2:11 left in overtime.
    Several fans and at least one reporter on press row said metal bolts and washers fell from the ceiling, though there were no immediate reports of injuries. A pipe ripped a hole in the roof.
    There was also damage at nearby Philips Arena, where the Atlanta Hawks were playing the Los Angeles Clippers
    Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman Consuela Monroe said about 10,000 customers had lost power in the Atlanta area.
    Terrance Evans, 23, valet at Omni Hotel, which adjoins Philips arena, said he was standing outside and was about to park a car and took cover when the storm hit.
    "It was crazy," Evans said. "There was a lot of windows breaking and stuff falling. You would hear a big boom."
    Karone Edge, 23, were relaxing inside the waiting room of the Westin Hotel, also downtown, with two friends and saw debris flying by the window. After watching the glass shatter in front of him, he said everyone began to run, and he fell, scraping his arms and legs.
    "I thought the building was falling like a terrorist attack," said Edge, who was walking around with a bloodied sock.

    It's a horrible thing to be able to see into the future....

    12-27-2007, 03:37 PM
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    wow that was a strange post!!!

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    • #3
      hmm, i have a friend who is down in the SE this weekend, hope he's OK.

      and that swinging stuff in the arena was def something to see

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          60 mph wind .ne. tornado
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          • #6
            They have moved it to the Georgia Tech campus. The winner of the Georgia/Kentucky game will supposedly play again tomorrow night. The possibility of co-champions from the Tenn/Arkannsas games and Miss St v. Georgia/Kentucky is being thrown around.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ElviswasaBluesFan View Post
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hawg_Wild03 View Post
                They have moved it to the Georgia Tech campus. The winner of the Georgia/Kentucky game will supposedly play again tomorrow night. The possibility of co-champions from the Tenn/Arkannsas games and Miss St v. Georgia/Kentucky is being thrown around.
                Who gets the tourney spot?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 210 View Post
                  Who gets the tourney spot?


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blues Fan in SF View Post
                    60 mph wind .ne. tornado

                    Confirmed tornado with 130 MPH winds, 2 dead in suburbs.

                    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23641889?GT1=43001

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                    • #11
                      so what's going on now?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jack Daniels View Post
                        Confirmed tornado with 130 MPH winds, 2 dead in suburbs.

                        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23641889?GT1=43001
                        Yuck. 130mph winds in downtown Atlanta = bad news.

                        Downtown Nashville was hit by a big tornado last year, if I remember correctly...
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                        • #13
                          again? or from last night?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cardinalgirl View Post
                            again? or from last night?
                            The storm referenced in JD's post went through today. The deaths occurred on the GA/AL state line.
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