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.
FRIDAY NIGHT’S TORNADO UPDATE:
A photographer caught the tornado on film Friday night as the storm came through Atlanta.
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 11ALIVE.com – http://www.11alive.com/news/graphics/big_MG_6751.jpgRead the whole story at 11ALIVE.com~ Photographer Catches Atlanta Tornado
UPDATE on Closings in Atlanta today – Saturday March 15:
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.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
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 FOXNews.com
Local News in Atlanta: Ch. 11 — 11ALIVE.com
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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