CNN reports damage to the Georgia Dome.
Just saw a short news report from CNN minutes ago stating that a possible tornado has damaged some portions of the Georgia Dome (atrium, etc…) any confirmation from other sources out there?
Wow it got the CNN center too. Hope they can fix this fast!!! FRC + Water = …fail (well so far;) )
confirmed, saw this a couple of minutes ago too came to post and got cought up with other things…
on a lighter note, CNN would ovbiously know this…
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) – A possible tornado swept through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, disrupting a college basketball game and damaging the building that houses CNN.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area, in effect until 10 p.m. The storm came through at about 9:45 p.m.
Inside CNN Center, water poured through damage in the ceiling into the building’s atrium. Glass shattered, and parts of the building filled with dust.
Next door at the Georgia Dome, the SEC conference basketball game between Alabama and Mississippi State was halted. The storm visibly rippled the ceiling of the dome and caused some damage, video of the arena showed. Scaffolding holding the facility’s scoreboard swayed 15 minutes after the storm hit.
i’ll have pics up in a couple mins
: no GA dome pics on CNN, only CNN Center. passable damage to Phillips Arena too
i wouldn’t doubt the GWCC got hit as well
These are preliminary reports only. Local Atlanta news reports that The GA Dome roof has held up and **not **torn to allow water inside. After stopping play, the SEC Basketball tournament continued but the last game has been postponed. On TV we now see water pouring down the stairs in the GA World Congress Center Building C (next months pit location) after a water main break. The dome roof catwalks were noticeably swaying around 10PM EDT. Some walls on the outside of the Dome are slightly damaged. The walkway between the old Omni Hotel and the newer one is damaged on the bottom. The Peachtree Plaza hotel has some windows blown out on the backside of it.
About 8 people taken to Grady Hospital, with one reported in critical condition.
the SEC Basketball broadcast showed damage outside the GA dome, and reported flooding in the GWCC.
This show a picture of damage to the main concourse. It sounds like everyone inside is OK.
On a side note, nobody at the peachtree regional has been harmed and the weather is fineish here.
Some reports have said that there are a lot of windows that have been blown out at the omni.
Perhaps we’ll get that water game faster than we thought…:rolleyes:
On a more serious note, I hope everything’s alright up there. We just turned on CNN in our room and saw the damage and it doesn’t look too good.
Looked pretty scary on the feed I was watching at the time. Someone was kind enough to upload a video of it.
Last year, my husband and I had a room in the Omni Hotel that had a less than desirable view into the atrium. We couldn’t even see the teams dining in the food court. When there was a thunderstorm outside, I had no clue it was happening, because there was no outside view. If a tornado like this one had struck when we were in our room, we would have known about it. :ahh:
I’ve long wondered if all those imposing downtown Atlanta buildings were designed to resist Georgia’s violent weather. I guess now we know the answer.
Hope all is well and no one got hurt.
If there is water…we are ready!
I hope everyone is ok.
From what I read in the yahoo! article it doesn’t seem like there is enough damage to greatly affect the Championship event.
Anybody know more specifics?
A report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fortunately it sounds like few injuries.
I read somewhere about one severely injured. I hope that turns out to be wrong.
Bill Miller mentioned this during opening ceremonies today at Pittsburgh. So far, there are limited reports of injuries. Other details are still unknown, but are being investigated at this time.
with one reported in critical condition.
Not the best of news…
Hearing there was a ridiculous amount of damage to various parts of downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Dome got off fairly lightly compared to the Georgia World Congress Center, CNN Center, and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado with max winds of 130 mph. CNN is, of course, covering this fairly extensively.
This probably won’t affect the FIRST Championship event, but there might still be cleanup going on in the area by then (yes, perhaps a month from now).
The CNN.com article I read said that most windows on one side of the Omni hotel were shattered. I don’t know how long it takes to replace that much, but it could affect team’s hotel reservations.