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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:26 AM
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Do you even know what's going on in Atlanta?

They're searching for bodies.
The mayor has called for FEMA, and there's more storms on the way.
New funnel clouds seen in the last 15 minutes.
Red Cross calling for help.
Moving people into shelters.


http://www.11alive.com/video/default_live.aspx?storyid=...

I was hoping there would be Atlants Duers on telling us what's going on.

Just doesn't seem like there's much concern...
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:28 AM
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1. Been trying to find out
but info is very scarce for some odd reason.


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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:28 AM
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2. people have been on.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:29 AM
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3. maybe Atlanta DU'ers are a little busy right now. Perhaps their power is out.
i wouldn't read a lack of input as lack of concern.
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Birthmark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:29 AM
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4. I'm aware of it.
Good luck to the people of Atlanta. Keep your eye on the weather and be safe.

My condolences to the injured or killed, their families, and their friends.

Aside from that, I'm not sure that there's much to discuss. Is there?
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:29 AM
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5. nobody knows!
This is the first I've heard since early this am when they were talking about YESTERDAY'S storms
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reflection Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:29 AM
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6. We just went through a small round of tornadoes
here in Memphis. It didn't get a great deal of national coverage, but it tore South Memphis up real good and killed a few people. Good wishes to the people of Atlanta from your little brother Memphis.
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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:30 AM
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7. there was a tornado in ATL last night
and some more bad weather last night and some on the way. The stuff coming now doesn't look too severe for ATL proper but will likely cause problems in my area to the north.

Any time there are building collapses they will search for people to make sure they have gotten everyone out. So far they are reporting no deaths but are still looking to be 100% sure.

The city took a pretty good hit...damage in the millions to be sure...but it could have been much worse. There were several thousand people in the Dome watching Bama and MSU play hoop...and the stadium was just missed apparently.

sP
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:31 AM
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8. I have to drive into Atlanta or work in a few hours...
(it's now 12:30 p.m.)
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:34 AM
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9. It seems O.K. right now, I posted about the storms last night, I'll add the link in a sec.
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 11:37 AM by Up2Late
Here's the link: <http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... >

I'm just hoping it good driving weather, I'm going to Columbus in about an hour.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:35 AM
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10. Tornado on the ground in Bartow County near Rockmart
Holy Mother of God!

Folks in Polk, Bartow and surrounding areas turn on your TV's.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:35 AM
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11. Warning Alarms sounding in Marietta - RIGHT NOW. n/t
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lame54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:39 AM
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12. can hear them...
they have stopped
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:44 AM
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14. Looks like they just passed Marietta, Catersville is getting hammered though
I don't like how still it just got though.
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:07 PM
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15. it's not really still here in Kennesaw
Remember when we had that early morning thing a few weeks ago? The wind started making WEIRD sounds. Woke us out of a dead sleep.

I'm worried about having that happen again.
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Adamocrat Donating Member (403 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:42 AM
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13. It's bad on the East side...
We've been told to stay indoors (more storms coming). Across I-20 from me, the Fulton Cotton Mill lofts look decimated, and I think the Mattress Factory Lofts took severe damage.

Right now a lot of information is flowing from neighbor-to-neighbor. Our power is flickering off and on. Sirens are everywhere.

But we still have Interwebs.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:08 PM
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16. kick with LBN thread link.
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tuckessee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:11 PM
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17. They've resumed the SEC tourney at Georgia Tech.
UK-UGA game going on right now plus another at 6:00 followed by another after that.

Good luck eveybody.

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ProdigalJunkMail Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:17 PM
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18. TORNADO WARNING FOR CHEROKEE FORSYTH
NEAR CANTON...SEEK COVER
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Bumblebee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:20 PM
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19. Isn't it amazing how little we know?!! I turned on CNN last night as soon
as I read about it. CNN itself was damaged pretty badly -- and they had Larry King on with Tori Spelling instead! Our glorious news channels in (in)action...
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Subdivisions Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:09 PM
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25. Yeah, I saw that too and thought the same thing. n/t
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OnceUponTimeOnTheNet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:27 PM
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20. Storm vista has an informative thread on the Atlanta weather events
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VeraAgnes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:29 PM
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21. On CNN this morning
the mentioned the tornado but went into extensive detail regarding the college basketball games; moving the venue and the crisis what will the families do about the tickets...I question CNN's priorities!
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:44 PM
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22. Link and graphic of "today's" tornadoes
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/080315_rpts.html
Please note the graphic is for "today", so will show whatever day "today" is.



Time, location, county, state, lat, long, comments
1624 2 NW ARAGON POLK GA 3407 8508 POSSIBLE TORNADO ALONG HIGHWAY 101...EMERGENCY CREWS HAVE BEEN DISPATCHED DUE TO REPORTS OF HEAVY DAMAGE. (FFC)
1635 1 N TAYLORSVILLE BARTOW GA 3411 8499 POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE WITH SEVERAL TREES DOWN AND ROOF DAMAGE ALONG POPUM ROAD NORTH OF TAYLORSVILLE. (FFC)
1642 3 E EUHARLEE BARTOW GA 3414 8488 POSSIBLE TORNADO KNOCKED DOWN SEVERAL TREES ALONG EUHARLEE ROAD. (FFC)
1648 3 SW CARTERSVILLE BARTOW GA 3414 8484 POSSIBLE TORNADO HAS DAMAGED TREES AND BULDINGS NEAR WOODLAND HIGH SCHOOL. (FFC)
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:49 PM
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23. Please take care, Atlantans.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:03 PM
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24. You'll probably learn people have been keeping an eye on the news about this who live far away, even
It's no laughing matter, is it?

Tornadoes are absolutely no fun at all. Even seeing one far away in real life makes you feel horrified, sick, dizzy, scared to death.
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:15 PM
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26. More news

From CNN: (www.cnn.com )
Atlanta: 130-mph assault
Experts confirmed today that a tornado with top winds of 130 mph ripped through downtown Atlanta Friday night, leaving a six-mile long path of destruction in its wake. The tornado, which was about 200 yards wide, had a path about six miles wide, skipping over downtown landmarks before heading into residential neighborhoods.

===
http://www.11alive.com/news/article_news.aspx?storyid=1...

2 p.m. Saturday

The National Weather Service said they had reports of a tornado on the ground crossing Georgia 400 in Forsyth County, three miles north of Cumming.

They said that the center of rotation was half-way between Flowery Branch and Gainesville at 2 p.m.

1:20 p.m. Saturday

The Polk County Sheriff has indicated that there are two confirmed fatalities in the Von Loop and Wax Road damage.

The National Weather Service said that they have received reports of damage to a number of mobile homes and the elementary school in Taylorsville in Bartow County.

They also said that three miles east of Euhralee, a trained spotter reported possible tornado damage with trees down along Euhralee Road.

GEMA officials are reporting a building collapse in Dalton. GEMA's Buzz Weiss said there are no reports of serious injuries in that collapse.

Officials in Polk County are reporting that bulldozers are being called in to help rescue workers get to homes and structures that are damaged there.

1 p.m. Saturday

Fire and rescue officials in Polk County said that there was extensive damage at Von Loop and Wax roads, with unconfirmed reports of two fatalities.

An official in Bartow County said that there was debris in Cartersville south of the airport there.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 01:40 PM
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27. It was a night to remember
and more on the way. My area got heavy storms - no tornado - thank god.
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:04 PM
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28. re" do you even know what's going on in Atlanta"
"doesn't seem there's much concern..."



How damned insensitive are YOU? My sister and much family still lives in Atlanta. Many DUers do as well. I repeat... "concern, indeed..."
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:42 PM
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39. oh well excuse me...

Maybe I wasn't talking about you?
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 10:53 AM
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52. rude, callow, and insensitive...
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 11:08 AM by hlthe2b
:eyes:

Thank you to all the gracious DUers who have expressed concern and relayed real-time news for all of us worried about the storms in Atlanta and North GA. Thank you especially to those whose concern was not accompanied by accusatory self-sanctimony, suggesting they were more concerned or had a greater stake than others...
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:38 PM
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29. We only have about a dozen threads since last night
and we've all been waiting to hear from Catwoman.
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TML Donating Member (749 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:42 PM
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30. Yes
There's all sorts of stuff going on. CNN has been giving updates every few minutes or so during their "Ballot Bowl". I hope everyone out there stays safe.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:48 PM
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31. Our local channel 2 has been covering the storms for hours now.
I live in Southern Hall Cty. just about 1 mile from northern Gwinnett, and I've had to take our doggies into the interior bathroom 3 times already! We've been fortunate that we seem to have escaped any damage, but Canton and Cumming ar getting hit hard NOW! They were reporting 3 3/4" HAIL in Cumming! Life isn't fun inGa. for the last 2 days!

So far, the only fatality I've heard of was in Polk Cty, but that's all they've said so far. If you pray, say one from those in the path of these storms. Yes, it's NOT ONE, it's several, and Canton was hit with a tornado about 2 hours ago, and are getting hit AGAIN!
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:56 PM
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32. Here's a link to the Atlanta live doppler radar storm coverage.
http://www.wsbtv.com/video/11388801/detail.html

They're still broadcasting this all live on Channel 2 here in Atlanta. I thought all the storms were heading east/north but I just saw another one heading toward Douglasville which is more south! DAMN! This is some really nasty stuff!
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:01 PM
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33. Another storm with a tornado is heading to DT Atlanta AGAIN!
Hail bigger than 2" diameter! This is being reported right now at 4PM est!
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:04 PM
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34. Here comes another, RIGHT AT ME!!
Weird. Complete calm, and now the rain. The cell should be over my house in about 20 minutes. My barn door has already been blown off its' hinges.
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ulysses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:09 PM
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36. stay safe, Neeraj
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:12 PM
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37. Thanks, I'm fine. I have a fascination with being in severe weather.
I'd be one of the people who doesn't evacuate :)
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:43 PM
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40. And don't
burythehatchet - you may need it. :D
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:07 PM
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35. golf ball size hail hitting us now
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:15 PM
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46. We had it, too, west of town.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:14 PM
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38. All of you guys stay safe
and no, the news networks are not covering this.. why?

It is quite possibly a national story. but be sure to catch the next missing blond
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:45 PM
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41. Do you even know what's going on in Iraq? If not, check out
http://warcomeshome.org for live streaming coverage of the Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:45 PM
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42. Sheesh, guess I will turn on the news.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:56 PM
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43. T-storm system just moved through
We had more heavy rain and hail (marble-sized and smaller at my house). It lasted only a few minutes.

Most of the bad stuff has been north and west of the city. From Douglasville (about a half-hour west of Atlanta) to Cartersville (about 1.5 hrs. NW of Atlanta) there was a pretty strong band of storms. Earlier, Polk and Floyd Counties (Cedartown/Rome area, near the Ala. border) got hit hard, with a tornado and two fatalities. I'm very sorry for those folks. In fact, I have friends out there I need to call and make sure are OK.

About 4 p.m. today I was watching WSB-TV (local ABC affiliate), and they were showing the view from an airport cam (Hartsfield-Jackson airport is southwest of the city). You could clearly see a giant, classic anvil-shaped system slowly rotating, and heading straight for downtown. Scary as shit. Fortunately it doesn't seem to have wrought much more havoc here today.

Friday night I was at home several miles east of downtown, watching college roundball action on TV, when two major storm systems passed through the neighborhood in rapid succession. There was incredibly hard rain, hail pelting the windows, but oddly very little wind where I live. It was eerie how quickly these two storms moved through -- definitely the fastest-moving major thunderstorms I've ever seen in five decades of living in the deep south.

Later we heard about the dome roof getting peeled back. When the teevee cameras showed pieces of sheet metal wrapped around telephone poles, a lighted tower in Centennial Olympic Park toppled over, massive slabs of sheet glass literally sucked out of downtown buildings, and debris everywhere, we knew then that a tornado had hit the city.

Last night was quite dramatic downtown -- windows sucked out of the Omni Hotel, part of the Ga. Dome roof torn off, piles of bricks dumped on cars, motorists pelted with broken glass as their car windows blew out, the street outside CNN Center looking like a war zone, and tens of thousands of people in the dome, Philips Arena (home of the Hawks pro basketball team), World Congress Center, hotels, and condos. It's incredible nobody was killed in the city. As you may have heard, this is the first time in recorded history that a tornado has hit downtown Atlanta. As one relieved college hoops fan told a news reporter last night, "It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase 'March Madness'!"

Thanks, everyone, for your concern for us here in Atlanta. Despite the damage, apparently this went much, much better than it could have.
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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:02 PM
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44. stay safe klook!
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:10 PM
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45. Thanks - looks like the city is out of danger
...although there's still some heavy storm activity moving through the extreme south metro area. South Carolina is getting some heavy T-storms now also -- hope everyone there is doing OK.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:18 PM
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47. if I was a religious person I would take this as a sign
I pray it ends and all are safe
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 05:27 PM
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48. Where has CNN been in all this?
I know their headquarters sustained damage, but every time I have switched to their network in the past 15 hours I have seen nothing but pre-taped reports. Maybe my timing has been off.

But since their headquarters was hit, wouldn't you think they would make a big deal about that?

(Then again, maybe they have. I've been working way too much lately.).
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intaglio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 06:54 PM
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49. Thoughts here are with you all in GA and ATL
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:26 PM
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50. but is Atlanta getting water from these storms?
i see some hail, but is there enough, and is there rain? an unending monster level drought and dry Atlanta would be a bigger nightmare, i think. i hope the people are getting some water so that no long term evacuations are necessary.

everyone stay safe and pray for more rain.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 09:28 PM
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51. Hey, the tornadoes came this way!
Unplugged all the appliances, including the satellite dish and computer, for a while.

One tornado was sighted about 20 minutes north of here. (Moore County, NC)

I've been watching the Weather Channel, so I've been aware of what is happening in Georgia.

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