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SPECIAL REPORT: Tornado hits Northwest Georgia March 15, 2008 – 2 Confirmed killed by Tornado this afternoon in Georgia – Same Path as Previous Storm

Posted by Admin on March 15, 2008

(12:00 a.m. CST – Sunday, March 16, 2008)

Another tornado touched down in Georgia today with the cell traveling the same path as the storm last night that injured at least 9 people – 1 critically (Click here to read this blog’s reports of last night’s violent storm.) It has been reported that at least 2 people have been killed in the tornado that went through today. Prayers for all those involved in both storms, especially the family, friends and neighbors of the people who have been killed.

See these links for more information on today’s storms:

Ch. 11 – Storms Kill Two in Northwest Georgia –
Reported by: Donna Lowry
Web Editor: Josh Roseman
Storms on Friday and Saturday turned deadly in northwest Georgia, where two people were killed. Authorities said one line of storms seemed to straddle the Polk/Floyd County line for about two miles.

In Polk County, one woman was found dead about 50 feet from her home. Nearby, the Polk County Fire Department found a man critically injured. Their two-story house was gone, reduced to rubble spread across a large field. The man was taken to Floyd County Medical Center.

Less than a mile away, Floyd County police found the body of a man believed killed by a fallen tree. Police in Polk and Floyd County have not identified the victims.

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Ch. 11 – 11Alive – Atlanta Georgia –

Ch. 11 also has picture galleries available that show the extent of damage from the storms –
» Your Photos: Second Round of Storms
» Storm’s Aftermath Revealed at Daybreak
» Storm Damages World Congress Center
» Storm Rips Through Downtown Atlanta

Just under 10 minutes ago (11:39 a.m. CST) it was reported by a witness on that sirens are going off in Marietta.(Thank you, FReeper higgmeister)

Updates on today’s weather in this area will be posted here as received.

Prayers for everyone in that region today, as strong to severe weather was already in the forecast before last night’s tornado in Atlanta.

For updates on the Atlanta Tornado, please see this page here at The Liberty Rocks Blog: Strong Storm (Tornado?) Hits Atlanta – between 9 and 20 injured (different reports in different places on how many were injured) – 1 in critical condition (as of last update I personally heard.)

~ Michelle K.

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Our new companion website ~

Posted by Admin on March 15, 2008

I’m very happy to announce a slight change of plans, but something I think you’ll appreciate! I have just finished putting together a temporary Homepage for the companion site to this blog – I am very excited to start working on the website, and I hope to have some new stuff going up over there during the weekend!

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SPECIAL REPORT ~ F2 Tornado Hits Atlanta,GA ~ 9 Injuries Confirmed, Photograph of Tornado, GA Dome Damaged during game…

Posted by Admin on March 14, 2008


UPDATE (March 18, 2008 – 6:30 a.m. CST)
A visitor to our site, Nicholle who worked at the Cotton Mill buildings for several years informs me that the picture I have below is the “H” building and that although the roof was torn off that building, it is the “E” building on that property that has collapsed. Thank you Nicholle for correcting me, and providing everyone with the correct information. I appreciate it!

PREVIOUS UPDATE (Saturday, March 15, Evening):

NOTE: Unfortunately two known fatalities are being reported in Georgia as a result of this tornado earlier today in Georgia – According to a local Atlanta FReeper one of those killed was a Veterinarian that ran a kennel was killed, along with many of her dogs. 7 dogs survived the storm. Prayers for this woman’s family, friends, and neighbors. For more information about Saturday’s storms here at this blog – click here.


A photographer caught the tornado on film Friday night as the storm came through Atlanta.

Photographer Catches Atlanta Tornado
Reported by: Paul Ossmann
Web Editor: Josh Roseman

08315224121__mg_6751-250.jpgAs an EF-2 tornado swept across downtown Atlanta, one local photographer snapped the shot of a lifetime.

Shane Durrance was on top of his condominium off Howell Mill Road when he saw the potential for a great photo of the downtown area. He took the photo just as 11Alive’s Paul Ossmann was talking about tornado warnings in Atlanta.

See the Full-Size Image at Ch.11 News –

Read the whole story at Photographer Catches Atlanta Tornado

UPDATE on Closings in Atlanta today – Saturday March 15:

Imagine It-The Children’s Museum: Backyard Birthday Bash Cancelled
Adams Park Baseball Pitch, HIt & Run: Cancelled
Downtown Bash for Diabetes 5K Run: Cancelled
Loving Shephers Church Easter Festival: Postponed
Spring Home Show: Cancelled
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Cancelled
Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting: Cancelled
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt at Rosel Fan: Cancelled
Volleyball Clinic @ Central Park Recreation Center: Cancelled

UPDATE (5:09 a.m. CST):

More weather moving into Atlanta now — Sirens going off in Douglas County, this is only for a Severe Thunderstorm Warning according to Ch. 11 as the NWS has not issued a Tornado warning there.

Storm Rips Through Downtown Atlanta, Injuring at Least 20 and Halting SEC Tourney

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Associated Press

ATLANTA — A possible tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, smashing skyscraper windows, sucking furniture and luggage out of hotel rooms, crumbling part of an apartment building and rattling the rafters of two major sports arenas filled with basketball fans. At least 20 people were hurt.

Streets around the Georgia Dome, the Phillips Arena, the CNN Center and Centennial Olympic Park were littered with broken glass, downed power lines, crumbled bricks, insulation and even the occasional office chair. Billboards collapsed onto parked cars. Stunned fans from the arenas and hotel guests wandered through the debris in disbelief.


Click here to see the photos available at

Local News in Atlanta: Ch. 11 —

Lots of raw video feed of the storm on this page:

Local Damage Pictures:

Assistant Atlanta Fire Chief — They are pretty confident that despite the collapse of the Stacks Lofts Building/The Cotton Mill there were no people stuck inside.


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Anarchist Hypocrisy – Planned Recruitment Center Protest (Torches & Cages?)

Posted by Admin on March 12, 2008

It has come to my attention (Credit to FReeper ConcreteBob) that an anarchist/anti-war/anti-recruiting group in Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh Organizing Group (POG – is planning to have an old-fashioned medieval “torch march” on March 19, 2008! Their announced plans are to march carrying torches to the recruitment station, and “If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community.”.  They are also planning to bring with cages to place the military recruitment officers inside of.

Now, while it’s commendable to peacefully protest and stand up for what you believe in – no matter how crazy others may think you are – to conspire to commit felony destruction of federal (taxpayer owned) property and the kidnapping of Federal (Military) Officers while in the course of duty – not to mention a host of other various felony and criminal charges they could incur – is the height of stupidity, not to mention hypocritical. My guess is that they are counting on police being there to “hold them back” as they’ve alluded to in their announcement (convenient isn’t it?).

Below is a screenshot of their announcement which was posted on their website on February 20, 2008;

Thumbnail of complete screenshot (Click on the image to see the full-size SS):


Highlighted Parts – Cropped and Full-Size:



Wouldn’t it be interesting if they were allowed to go forth with their plans instead, and then force them to deal with the realities of their stupidity? As one poster, FReeper TaxControl, suggested over on; the Recruiters should just protest vociferously that they don’t want to go into the cages, but let themselves be put inside. Then once inside, these military officers should pull out their cell phones and call the FBI to report the kidnapping of a federal officer in progress.

Then let the Feds deal with these punks who think they are above the law. Because, as I said, peaceful protesting is one thing – a right of these citizens that I fully support even though I don’t agree with them – destruction of federal property and kidnapping is another.

As another FReeper, Captain Rhino, pointed out if this group’s plans are successful there is a whole list of felonies (state & federal) that they will be guilty of including, but obviously not limited to; Felonious Tresspassing – felony (State & possibly Federal), Destruction of Federal Government Property – felony (Federal), Assaulting an officer in the course of duty – felony (Federal), Unlawful Detention – Felony (State & Federal), Kidnapping – felony (State & Federal). I’m guessing that in today’s atmosphere there are probably a few more things they could charge these people with – even up to treason (for abducting a military officer during a time of war — and no, I’m not positive on that, but it would make sense would it not?).

What’s intriguing about their plans – besides the fact that they are conspiring at this point to commit a host of federal felonies – is that it’s in direct violation of their group’s stated policy on planning actions of this sort as well. In a page on the group’s website entitled, “Hey POG why did you DO That? A Statement on what POG does and does not organize“, they state the following;

“As a group we absolutely never organize anything involving destruction of property or physical harm to human or non-human animals.”


Hmmm… someone better mention that to the person at POG who planned this event…

I really do hope the FBI will consider sending a clear message to this group – and all like them that believe NON-peaceful protest is acceptable as long as it’s aimed at those who they have pronounced as “criminals” – interestingly without due process which I’m sure they will insist upon if they are indeed arrested.

One clue for these people — it’s not exactly going to endear you to the public (some of whom may even agree with you) if you insist on protesting in this manner. Even most liberals I know would be telling you the same exact thing.

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