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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:21 PM
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Eight Confirmed Fatalities in Enterprise (Alabama tornado)
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=6163453&nav=menu...
The Alabama state EMA office has confirmed to WSF there are eight fatalities in Enterprise. Coffee County EMA says they have fatalities also but cannot say how many at this point. ...
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Contrary to earlier reports, the Medical Center in Enterprise has not been evacuated.

Coach Nathan McDaniel from Daleville H.S. is at Enterprise H.S. and says the "roof is collapsed in, roofs are off."

McDaniel says some students may still be trapped inside. "It's truly devestating, if you haven't seen (anything like this) pray you don't." He says cars are turned over and they have asked all trained medical personnel to get to the scene....(more including links to videos)
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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1. CNN live: Tornado hits High School in Enterprise, Alabama
No link or report of injuries yet
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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2. Very scary...
somebody just posted about closing schools in Tennessee early because of Tornado warnings, that is very eerie. Where is Enterprise?
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JackCo Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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5. Coastal South
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 02:31 PM by JackCo
I believe.

ETA.. My bad it is southern border with Florida. Guess I need to learn my state geography better.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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13. I have family in the Northern part...
thanks for the info--hope everybody stays safe welcome, to DU!!!
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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:31 PM
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34. The coast was okay
It was midstate to north Mississippi and Alabama that got the bad stuff.
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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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3. CNN just reported some students injured, some possibly trapped in gym.
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JackCo Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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4. I hope
there are no serious injuries. I don't understand why the schools didn't let out early though. Most counties in north Alabama where I live closed up around lunch. There is no reason for schools to remain open during severe weather.
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LonelyLRLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:05 PM
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32. I think it is way worse to be in a car than taking shelter inside, though.
Wonder how much, if any, warning they got? Haven't had time to read articles and don't have a tv where I am.
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 08:44 PM
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37. schools can't close down every time there is a severe thunderstorm in the area.
the chances of a tornado hitting a specific building are very small.
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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6. What - was their deflector array offline?
And I guess sensors were down as well or they could have avoided the storm.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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7. What?
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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9. Trekkie :-)
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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21. I am slow, just got the joke.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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8. Didn't modulate the shield nutations enough
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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12. It was a chronographic tornado.
They would have needed chronoton deflectors modulated to the tornado's frequency.

Or not.

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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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10. Has * announced the retaliatory strikes on Iran yet?
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Delphinus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:48 PM
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35. Now,
THAT'S funny!
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:57 PM
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36. no we're going to lauch a War on the Air! or a "war" on something anyway
god knows we can't do anything in this retarded fucking country without declaring a "war" on it.
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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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11. Laz used to live there - a few blocks from the high school that was just hit -
The high school was in one of the few flat areas in the area; mostly low hills and gullys in the area. The medical center is only a little under a mile away. He was basically located halfway between the medical center and the high school. We have CNN up and apparently there's some cosmetic damage on the medical center itself; so I'm wondering how the apartment/condos that are in that area fared. There's a big cluster of them in the area.

Whew - reports are only of injuries; apparently they had enough warning to get everyone under cover.
Tornadoes aren't common in that area; especially during this time of year.

Haele


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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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14. link to map of last 3 hrs tornados and a bit of info about them
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/last3hours.html
"STUDENTS REPORTED TRAPPED IN ENTERPRISE HIGH SCHOOL GYM. POSSIBLE INJURIES. REPORTED BY TV STATION WSFA. (TAE)"
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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15. Update with LINK
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=6163453
Enterprise Hit By Storms; High School Suffers Severe Damage

Enterprise, Ala., Mar.1, 2007 -- Severe weather has hit the Enterprise area. One witness says he saw a large tornado. Hunter Scott says power lines are down, you can't get into downtown Enterprise. He says there are roofs off of houses, "It's pretty devestated down there."

At Enterprise Ledger they are reporting injuries at Enterprise H.S. There are problems with cell phones and they do not know the extent of the injuries. The Ledger says there are cars turned over with windows blown outs, school buses turned over.

Parents of students at Enterprise H.S. should go to Hillcrest Baptist to locate a student. A pharmacy owner on Main Street in Enterprise says Enterprise H.S. closed at 1 p.m. but he believes there are some people still trapped. The tornado hit at 1:30 p.m.

4,000 people without power in Enterprise according to Alabama Power.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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16. And it's only the first of March.
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 02:51 PM by Roland99
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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22. Just wait until Global Warming starts creating "Snow Tornados" in December. n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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25. Not far from it. Last winter we had tornadoes in the area between Thanksgiving and New Year's.
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piedmont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 05:26 PM
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31. Alabama is one of the few places in the world with two tornado seasons
December tornodaoes happen pretty frequently there.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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17. more from WSFA (i grew up in tornado country and really hate them)
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=6163453
Coach Nathan McDaniel from Daleville H.S. is at Enterprise H.S. and says the "roof is collapsed in, roofs are off."

McDaniel says some students may still be trapped inside. "It's truly devestating, if you haven't seen (anything like this) pray you don't." He says cars are turned over and they have asked all trained medical personnel to get to the scene.
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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18. CNN reporting at 3:10 CST that 7 kids may be trapped inside the school.
There is now softball sized hail falling on the Quad at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a tornado warning for Tuscaloosa County.
The University was closed at 2:30 today, but a grad student I know called to say he was walking home and that traffic was bumper to bumper in the city right now around campus...
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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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19. "Softball sized hail"????
Ouch. I bet that's loud. Not to mention deadly and destructive...

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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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20. That is what the Bham radar and 33/40 TV is reporting.
The university closed 40 mins ago, but hopefully everyone who was walking home didn't! And went down into the basements at ten Hoor or Gorgas!
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LizW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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23. Showing pictures of the clouds
over Tuscaloosa now. Dark as all get out. Traffic is still everywhere on the streets.

I saw a few pics from Enterprise while ago. Kids were lying on the ground amid debris. It looked horrible.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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24. video link on this page
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:26 PM
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26. AL EMA office says 8 fatalities in Enterprise.
http://www.wsfa.com/Global/story.asp?S=6163453
The Alabama state EMA office has confirmed to WSF there are eight fatalities in Enterprise. Coffee County EMA says they have fatalities also but cannot say how many at this point.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:43 PM
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27. Prayers go out to these students and their families.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:45 PM
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28. Look south of Macon: MAX TOP 50,000 ft. Moving NE at 47 knots. MESO!
Edited on Thu Mar-01-07 04:46 PM by DemoTex
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 04:52 PM
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29. oh damn it all. Condolences and so sorry for the families, friends,kids.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 05:03 PM
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30. 9
The Alabama state EMA office has confirmed to WSFA there are eight fatalities in Enterprise. Another fatality has been reported in the area as well bringing our confirmed numbers in Enterprise to nine. Coffee County EMA says they have fatalities also but cannot say how many at this point.
http://www.wsfa.com
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-01-07 06:13 PM
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33. BBC link with video footage
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6409659.stm

Keep your heads down and stay well.
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