Atlanta Cleans Up After Tornado's Mess

Surprise storm rips through city; no deaths reported
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2008 9:59 AM CDT
Atlanta Cleans Up After Tornado's Mess
Barricades are overturned in front of the Georgia World Congress Center next to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Friday, March 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

(Newser) – Atlanta cleaned up today after a tornado with 130mph winds ripped through the city last night, CNN reports. About 30 people were injured, though none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. Thousands were without power today, and about 20 homes were damaged or destroyed in the historic Cabbagetown district near downtown. The city braced for a new round of powerful storms today.

"It was crazy. There was a lot of windows breaking and stuff falling," said a worker at one downtown hotel. The storm rattled the Georgia Dome downtown, filled at the time with thousands of basketball fans watching a game. Sections of the dome's roof blew away. The storm also took down a vacant building near Centennial Olympic Park and toppled two of the park's gigantic torches, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes. (Read more Atlanta stories.)

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