As my sons David, Joe, Matt and I were watching the Alabama versus Mississippi State basketball game during the SEC Tournament a tornado struck the Georgia Dome during overtime.
The first thing I noticed was the satellite transmission was getting snowy. Then it became apparent that something might be going wrong as the picture got worse. My first thought was that there might be an earthquake. Then the announcer said that he was hearing a roar. The beams started shaking and debris started flying. Then he said that they were under a warning.
I remembered a thunderstorm that developed over Northwest Alabama, to the northeast of Decatur around 3:00 p.m. The storm development was impressive despite the limited upper air support. I think that same isolated storm is what eventually became an apparent tornado that struck the Georgia dome.
This is what we saw:
Coverage by Tider Insider TV. When the EF2 tornado hit, a SEC tournament game between Mississippi State and Alabama which had just been sent into overtime minutes earlier by a shot from Mykal Riley, was in progress at the Georgia Dome. The storm ripped panels from the exterior of the building and tore at least two holes in the roof of the Dome, causing insulation to fall and the scoreboard and catwalks suspended from the roof to sway. Mykal Riley's shot was considered to have saved lives by keeping people safe inside the Georgia Dome. After a 64-minute delay, the game was completed.
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Here is a link to an amazing photograph of this tornado, which has been officially rated as an EF2 by the Peachtree City NWS office.
Radar Update at 10 a.m. - Two mesoscale convective vortices are pushing north and northeast across Central Mississippi at this hour. One will impact West Alabama as early as 11:30 a.m.
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