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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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