For a while now I’ve been tracking a number of keywords in Twitter to see the flow of conversation around certain topics. It happens that I’ve been tracking CNN and tornado for a while. Little did I know that these two tracks would seem to merge. With last night’s tornado rolling through downtown Atlanta the play by play, via Twitter.
Things started out with a tornado warning at 9:33 pm, then the next update is 9:42 pm. After that it’s a constant flow.
(bumblebunny): Tornado warning again?!
(11alive_wx): A TORNADO WARNING is in effect for Fulton County until 10pm…The possible TOR will move very close to downtown Atlanta…
(kconger): Tornado hit the Dome???
(stevenrussell): They just escorted the teams off the court in Atlanta after a tornado warning was issued for downtown Atlanta.
(11alive_wx): Possible tornado in downtown Atlanta. Georgia Dome cleared the floor during basketball game…Reports of load “train like” noise…
(robmay): Wow, tornado in Atlanta delaying the basketball game inside the dome.
(adml): Tornado Warning in Atlanta, GA stops play with 2:11 to go in overtime. Debris falling from Georgia Dome ceiling
(noefool): SEC tournament temporarily suspended due to tornado in ATL. you could see debris falling from the GA done on live tv. yikes!
(da_man): OMG! a possible tornado in downtown Atlanta has stoped a close OT Game between Alabama and Miss. State in the SEC Tourney.
(w0z): Tornado warning… phone call, txt message and email all at the same time…
(researchgoddess): Wow….tornado at the Georgia Dome? SEC game is suspended right now b/c something rumbled the roof!
(McGrewSecurity): lol Tornado interferes with the MSU v Alabama game
(xuhoch): @joshtraub just had the like pass through here, then tornado warning hit tv. NWS isn’t confirming though
extraface: Tornado just came through the flat iron. We’re all fine but it was insane
(SquirrelQueen): Strong winds were blowing through the dome’s upper level. Apparently, maybe a tornado. Catwalk scaffolding swaying in the breeze.Creepy
extraface: Power out, street lights bent
(researchgoddess): Did a tornado go over the Georgia Dome tonight?? http://snurl.com/21swr
(bruway63): Indoor basketball game in weather delay in Atlanta. Initial reports of tornado right now. Weather looks like to be the big newsmaker tonight
(mvopsu): Tornado interrupts Alabama-MSU in OT… Unbelievable!!
(DrifterMama): So, downtown Atlanta has a tornado warning sssscccaaarrrryyy
(jroo): jean ok after possible tornado hits georgia dome
(dljordaneku): Wow a tornado warning just interrupted the SEC basketball tournament.
(billybobthesix): Fwd: EMERGENCY WEATHER ALERT. Georgia Tech Atlanta is under a tornado warning. Seek shelter inside a building and tune to local media.
(bruway63): Tornado warning in effect for that area.
(Laura_Fries): We just got hit by a tornado
(Sassycas): Did a tornado just hit the Georgia Dome? Wicked
(julian2): Whoa… the Georgia Dome is under attack by tornado-like conditions.
extraface: We’re all alright, thanks for your concern everyone. Twitter working better than phone
extraface: Just heard theres a tree blocking my street
(gboone): Tornado at the Georgia Dome during a basketball game. Scary stuff.
(aakelley): Just flipped on SEC tournament & see there was a tornado over the Georgia Dome. No one hurt.
(mr_rodgers): just watched a tornado hit the Georgia dome whole a live basketball game is on.
(bearroller9640): this is going on now on cnn
(joshftv): tornado hit at the Georgia dome place or something.
(jasonpyoung): On the 45th floor of the Marriott Marquis during a tornado warning. Nice!
amberlrhea: Um ok so for all of you that don’t follow @extraface, a tornado just hit the Flatiron in East Atl. They’re fine, but godDAMN that’s scary.
(r3dl0c): Watching SEC Tournament, Maybe a tornado that hit the Georgia Dome.
(xi0la): tornado at the dome! that was very exciting and kinda funny!
(OrchardKeeper): Tornado slows down SEC tourney … Hopefully Bama can pull it out in OT.
(mahalonews): New Page: Georgia Dome Tornado http://tinyurl.com/37duxq
(lastres0rt): Talking to Sis about tornado warning in the area. What is it about conventions that attracts tornadoes?
(RobertRosenthal): My brother left me voicemail. He’s in Atlanta near a tornado.
(nfreader): Possible tornado in downtown Atlanta?
(Sarawara): Tornado in EAV?! I thought you people told me they’d never hit intown ATL!!!! Now commences the freaking out. Was just in Flat Iron last wk.
(tinkdarkness): A tornado just hit the Ga dome-early reports.
(sheatsb): @Sarawara wait, did a tornado touch down?
extraface: Trying to find a route. Downed trees and powerlines everywhere
(michaelramm): Possible tornado guys GA Dome while Alabama and MS State in overtime!
Scobleizer: @newmediajim reminds me to use hashtags. It was so cool meeting him at SXSW.
(flc): Apparently a tornado hit the Georgia Dome during the SEC Tournament, dag yo!
(Cartwright): CNN saying that possible tornado in Atlanta.
(cherbert): CNN reporting tornado hit Atlanta causing severe damage. some injuries
(joeventures): Reported possible tornado downtown http://snurl.com/21syl – GA Dome damaged, according to AJC
(seanmarler): a tornado just ripped through downtown Atlanta. Ain’t that a bitch.
(squidlord): Tornado hits downtown Atlanta, news ongoing: http://tinyurl.com/2gnb9z
(michaelramm): Tornado hits Georgia dome…stupid BB
(jinnyp): A possible tornado hit downtown Atlanta. I’m sending my prayers and love to my Atlanta peeps.
(adricnet): Still shaking and already getting tired. I measured the dosage poorly Meanwhile, a tornado hit was confirmed. Everyone here okay, so far.
(Finucane): It’s pretty remarkable that a possible tornado could hit the CNN building http://tinyurl.com/2vvlvr Don’t mess with Hillary.
amberlrhea: Apparently the tornado ripped a hole in the roof of the Georgia Dome! @rustytanton PLEASE be careful driving home tonight!!
(Kuroneko826): Still watching basketball. Whoa, Alabama’s game went into Overtime, but is delayed due to a tornado tearing up their arena!
(Sarawara): Great. Big thunderboomers moving in. Trying not to be completely tornado paranoid. They scare me more than anything except earthquakes.
(headlinenews): CNN: Downtown Atlanta hit by possible tornado: A possible tornado swept through downtown Atlanta.. http://tinyurl.com/2qhg99
(howpomp): Tornado may have hit downtown Atlanta. Damage to the CNN Center.
(anndr0id): Downtown Atlanta just got hit by a tornado! Omgwtgbbq!!1!
(mama2kaylabug): I know! Theres a tornado like 3 4 miles
(wxjunkie): 63 mins after the tornado…
(_tanoshimi): Kowaii omgwtfbbq!! My dad went to a basketball game @ Phillips Arena and a tornado just touched down during the game!
(newsalert): Possible tornado causes damage in downtown Atlanta – damage to building that houses CNN and Georgia Dome http://tinyurl.com/2vvlvr
(xtex): holy crap, atlanta. more tornadoes on the way. tornado just hit downtown atlanta. georgia dome, cnn center, hotels hit. downtown closed.
(weather): Possible tornado causes damage in downtown Atlanta http://tinyurl.com/2vvlvr via @newsalert
(mysaweathervane): From @newsalert: Possible tornado in downtown Atlanta – damage to building that houses CNN and Georgia Dome http://tinyurl.com/2vvlvr
(McGrewSecurity): lulz msu wins, beats alabama and tornado
(filmgirl1977): was kind of scared of the hail there for a minute. Now mopping up the flood in my apartment. Joy of joys.
extraface: Nice to know my weather alert radio works. Home now. Dogs are fine. Battening down for round 2. Glad to have twitter to keep me amused. …
(SpaceyG): Jesus Christ… CNN reporting a tornado in their own headquarters, downtown Atlanta, just a few miles from me. I had no clue of anything!
(ugot2listen): tornados landing in downtown atlanta. cnn center and ga dome stadium damaged.
(bearroller9640): tornado hits downotwn Atlanta at the hieght of all the games there
(bearroller9640): tornado hit downtown Altanta with all the basketball games going on there tonight!
(whatcomesnext): They had to stop play in the SEC tourney at the Dome because of damage. Windows have been blown out of CNN center.
(mattbacak): in the terrible weather and tornado – the sec tornado was down the road
(ugot2listen): there is alot of minor damage but it looks awful. broken windows, trees, cars with broken windows. u can see footage on cnn tornadoes in A
(Yuko): HOLY SHIT. Tornado at the Dome, I live less than a mile away! I hope my dorm is okay. e_e;
(ims): Holy. Shit. A possible tornado has hit downtown Atlanta. The CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome. It seems unusually strange.
(11alive_wx): More damage reports coming in…Shattered windows at CNN Center/Omni Hotel complex…More on Marietta St. near GA Dome.
(msphotogirl): lots of damage on marietta st down by dome, phillips and cnn. streets covered with debris. windows blown out. game was stopped for an hr
(luigimontanez): whoa, downtown atlanta got hit by a huge tornado
joebobatl: holy crap – tornado hit cnn center – windows blown out near cnn.com newsroom from what it looks like on local news
(coryb): Yikes, possible tornado in Atlanta, Georgia
(11alive_wx): Injuries reported, 7-10 taken to area hospital…From area around CNN Center
(sunherald): SPORTS: Tornado leaves Georgia Dome crowd in restless state: Now I know why I evacuated for Hurr.. http://tinyurl.com/2fcf6t
(sunherald): NEWS UPDATES: Tornado leaves Georgia Dome crowd in restless state: Now I know why I evacua.. http://tinyurl.com/2dk3er
(edwardvielmetti): watching grainy live footage of downtown atlanta tornado on CNN http://www.cnn.com
(joeventures): Boss says “that’ll teach CNN to put Nancy Grace on the air!”
(griftdrift): Fox 5 showing damage to CNN
(Gomeler): Apparently there was a tornado that hit through downtown Atlanta about a mile from my house. Didn’t even know.. most strange.
(sambearpoet): This is SambearPoet in Atlanta, reporting that at least in our part of the world, power’s still on and so is internet and tornado didn’t …
(sambearpoet): and tornado didn’t hit us
(alterna180): Tornado took out a bunch of signage and all the power in e. ATL!!
(farksport): [News] Possible tornado strikes Georgia Dome, halting SEC tourney: (Some Guy) http://tinyurl.com/27l5xc
(mufan96): @loswhit tornado hit the ATL.
(ariedana): I didn’t know that ATL was hit by a tornado. Damn me for not watching CNN. Gotta call a lot of people now.
(walelia): watching news about atlanta and the possible tornado. tornado!
(jayshepherd): Apparently a tornado hit the Georgia Dome during the Alabama Mississippi State game. http://tinyurl.com/37zj7p
(Sam1): @drtiki thats a bomb if its true but dosent sound like it
(Mir): Um, tornado in downtown Atlanta?? WTF?
(newsalert): CNN reporting widespread damage in Atlanta from possible tornado. Injuries reported. Omni hotel being evacuated.
(strawberrycough): missed a tornado by one hundred feet. no joke, people.
(RayS): @drtiki damn! congrats to kevin rose, prager and everyone else. where podshow is failing rev3 comes through for a big win!
(rustytanton): jesus, if I had known there was a damn tornado, I’d have stayed in scarietta..hope twitter peeps are ok
(seldo): CNN was definitely the first to report that a tornado had hit CNN’s headquarters.
joebobatl: wow. when the storm passed through, amy & i thought it sounded like nothing we’d ever heard – like a distant train. just like a trailer park
(marlaerwin): whoa. Tornado hits downtown Atlanta.
(ariedana): From CNN, it looks like CNN Center was heavily damaged. One of my friends would’ve been on his way to work there when this hit. *worry*
(bobhargate): Listening to CNN speak about the damage to their own atrium in Atlanta. “Right there, u can see…I really don’t know what that is.”
(smd): lead story compare: bbc – deaths from clashes in tibet. cnn – college bb interrupted by tornado.
(libbys): Fyi: a tornado totally hit downtown Atlanta, just miles away from Mom’s place.
(ims): It’s been confirmed– a tornado hit Downtown Atlanta. Strange.
(jaredwsmith): Wow, a tornado slammed CNN Center. Crazy.
(chasbloggers): @jaredwsmith: Wow, a tornado slammed CNN Center. Crazy.
(blemmings): damage in ATL appears to have focused around CNN, GA State, GA Dome
(AngieGirl): UK hasn’t even started playing yet due to the Tornado.
(Sarawara): CNN center looks like a bomb went off.
(mbarilla): a tornado hit atlanta? weird. i was just there!
(nfreader): Holy shit, all-but-confirmed Tornado in Atlanta Ga.
(wisesumo): Its always strange when breaking news centers around the news provider. For example, CNN reporting on damage to the CNN center/GA dome area.
(thirtydaes): @tiffanybbrown oh if i only had a vanilla henri bendel candle…that would be the bomb…well it would camoflauge the bombs that she laid…
(ariedana): Two selfish or annoying things about where this tornado hit…
(graybeam): Jenn, you OK? heard a tornado hit near you.
(driveafastercar): Was there a tornado in Atlanta???
(xi0la): i think the tornado is not funny now…
amberlrhea: So apparently CNN is reporting about a tornado that hit is own building
(ophelia): atlanta is taking quite the hit from the tornado.
amberlrhea: A lot of downtown ATL is f’ed up; tornado must have just barely missed us in Decatur (fortunately!)
(BobbyBlackwolf): For anyone who cares – we survived the Great Atlanta Tornado. It thundered and lightninged up here, but barely any rain.
(Weaktwos): Atlanta Tornado…Ack!
(sambearpoet): @ariedana: but um, couldn’t it be said that God was favoring CNN? They report the news. They ARE the news.
(cameronc): power’s out – SEC championship shutting down – tornado damage? too close to my house!
amberlrhea: Watching coverage on WSB… 10k ppl in ATL w/o power… damage to CNN center, Phillips Arena, GA Dome, Capitol…
(cameronc): Damage to CNN center? Wish I had power! Good thing I have a wind up radio!
(elerina): tornado? Atlanta? wha?
(Hortos): Anyone hear anything about an explosion at CNN headquarters?
(labstest): Tornado hits Atlanta: A tornado swept through downtown Atlanta on Friday night, disrupting a college bas.. http://tinyurl.com/3d82g5
(ariedana): @sambearpoet Oh, she likes CNN. She just doesn’t want me to work there, because she doesn’t want me to live in a city. She’s afraid of ATL.
(ronin691): Reading Drudge report about a tornado hitting downtown Atlanta, but at the same time reading @grobertson ‘s Tweets. Assuming sensationalism
extraface: @amberlrhea no power here for blocks and blocks
(Cartwright): CNN reporting damage to their building in Atlanta due to tornado.
(rickjulian): @driveafastercar ajc reports very strong winds, but no tornado. tore a hole in the roof of the GA dome
(joethepeacock): Tornadic craziness… My friends called me and said there was a bomb at the dome, turns out it’s a tornado
(WiLLGT09): whoa, possible tornado in atlanta?!
(deftworks): One benefit of being in Atlanta: no need for local news, anything that happens is shown on CNN in 30 minutes http://tinyurl.com/ysgdf6
(joethepeacock): CNN Center is blown apart too – food court is a disaster, windows aspoded
(azsromej): the rain was semi horizontal coming home from the gym; turns out it was a tornado, wtf
(deftworks): One benefit of being in Atlanta: no need for local news, anything that happens is shown on CNN in 30 minutes: http://tinyurl.com/ysgdf6 .
(SquirrelQueen): Watching CNN video of storm damage in Atlanta.
(livenewscameras): Tornado damage in Downtown Atlanta – watch live coverage on Atlanta 1
(chelpixie): @grobertson tornado your way? Everything good?
(BobbyBlackwolf): Just saw all the damage around CNN Center on CNN…Wow, holy shit.
(EdRoberts): Tornado damage in downtown Atlanta?
(mannyblum): oh my, atlanta got attacked by a tornado, i bet it wasn’t ready for that
amberlrhea: Feeling increasingly lucky that the tornado missed Decatur. Flooding at Georgia Dome from burst pipes.
(Drolma): Tornado just missed my house O_O
(Konshu): Woah CNN gets nailed. Guess someone is not a fan of mass media.
(abiteofsanity): @EdRoberts That’s the rumor… They think a tornado hit a corner of the Georgia Dome from what I’ve seen.
amberlrhea: Dude on WSB compared damage to downtown to Centennial Park bombing… hmm
(TheSquidFlu): Holy shit just read about the Georgia dome getting messed up by a tornado! I WAS JUST THERE A FEW HOURS AGO
(sheatsb): its ridiculous. cnn got meesed up, it’s the only time where the city has forced everyone to take MARTA or walk to get out of downtown.
(MyFoxMilwaukee): LOCAL: Sheboygan Tornado Sirens Sound After 911 Malfunction: The tornado sirens sounded afte.. http://tinyurl.com/2hfwzr
(cspenn): @edroberts CNN reporting its building took damage.
(INFECTEDPB503): @Bobbyblackwolf I had not heard of this. Glad to hear all is ok. We had a tornado couple months back. Prob nothing like yours though.
(WiLLGT09): ok, indeed, a tornado ran through Atlanta. hope everyone is OK.
(yogapeace): tornado? Never seen one…
(ChrisGreenBean): @loswhit : it was mostly downtown…CNN Center, Centennial Park, Georgia Dome.
amberlrhea: Tabernacle has only minor damage despite major damage around it. They built that thing to stay!
(mattsnod): my brother in Atlanta said thing were rough. Tornado
(dougal): Huh. A possible tornado hit downtown L:ATL tonight. Damage to CNN Center and the Georgia Dome, where an SEC BBall tourny game was going on.
(sharmitchell): I am sitting here dumbfounded over the tornado that just hit!!
extraface: Cops say theyve blocked off all exits from 75 into city, I guess downtown streets are pretty wrecked
(yogapeace): tornado? Never seen one…
(SpaceyG): on the scene of Atlanta tornado. Thousands of people streaming out of Dome. Lots of damage all around
(charlieanzman): @accuweather – Jess You probably know this already but non-confirmed Tornado banged CNN Center and blew out the windows at the Omni
(newsobserver): Capitals defeat Thrashers: Brooks Laich scored two goals and Alex Ovechkin and Matt Cooke each had a.. http://tinyurl.com/2g89qz
(WhatTheCast): OMFG – Tornado hit downtown Atlanta, CNN Center & Philips Arena tonight. Radio news is going batshit.
(rogelioaranda): Watching CNN be the news after twister reported in downtown ATL
(RashidaB): Now watching CNN about the Tornado in Atlanta
amberlrhea: WSB reporter changes subject when other reporter brings up homeless ppl. I need to go to bed now.
(dwivian): @ariedana we’re fine up on the north side…. am worried about my offices, now….. just north of CNN…
(AzBill): My goodness, just heard about the tornado tearing through downtown Atlanta.
(CoreyCreed): Tornado just hit Atlanta, including CNN. Looks like no one is hurt, right?
(pgeorge): @coolcatteacher-Have you been impacted by the tornado? Just heart Marietta, GA mentioned on CNN.
(jillymcjill): I hope everyone in Atlanta is ok. That was a pretty bad tornado and storm to hit the city.
(donnunn): Damn, tornado in downtown Atlanta: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/14/storm.atlanta/index.html
(warley): @bumblebunny Tornado pass by yet?
(jteeter): I feel like Dorothy right about now.I was of course learning to Tango while a massive tornado was right above me.I got a crack windshield.
(latimesnational): Severe storm rips through downtown Atlanta, damaging CNN Center and halting basketball tournament – http://tinyurl.com/35vuhp
(brundlefly201): Downtown Atlanta hit by Tornado… pretty much right at CNN, they are showing te destruction live.
(SamanthaTheCat): Staying up to watch atlanta tornado news with Jennifer. Man that lightening was loud.
(ariedana): @galateadia Some media outlets stay away from “tornado” until the NWS classifies it. So there’s no tellin’.
(labstest): Tornado slams Atlanta: A tornado swept through downtown Atlanta tonight, disrupting a college basketball.. http://tinyurl.com/2ew7tr
(Stucarius): We just had some killer storms. Apparently a tornado just skimmed tot eh south of the neighborhood. 2nd one this week. Cool
(RThomasETC): Just learning about the tornado in downtown ATL.
(nashveggie): Tornado hits downtown Atlanta
(skeskali): I know that a tornado is a rare thing in Atlanta, but cut the hyperbole, CNN. It was probably an F1 at most.
(junior882): pretty big tornado just hit atlanta. Watching on CNN.
(KarenKramer): Praying everyone at the Mkting Madness conference in Atlanta is ok after the Tornado..update your status in facebook and let us know your ok
(ariedana): On WXIA, they’re showing a piece of metal from the CNN Center wrapped around a MARTA sign. They’re not exactly right next to each other.
(jrmozart): Damn! Tornado hits downtown Atlanta. Very serious damage.
(Starshadow): Tornado hits CNN HQ in downtown Atlanta – breaking news right on the reporters’ doorstep! Everyone stirred and shaken, obviously.
(roadhog): @nashveggie I put on CNN — wow!
(boonerang): Back from a night out with Steve E – we were on the road when the tornado whipped through downtown Atlanta! *&!#@ was flying everywhere
(AmericasReport): BREAKING – Possible Tornado strikes CNN center in Atlanta
(Karoli): tornado may have hit CNN Center. WOW. Just saw shots of the street outside…I have photo of me right where everything is shattered.
(Lilyn): Wow – Downtown ATL is totally jacked up. Apparently, a tornado went through downtown-near the Dome, CNN, etc. Go to CNN.com for more info.
(LauraCr0ft): wow. I think I saw the CNN tornado atlanta in about 1/2 hour, compared to the 10+ hours it takes for CNN to report one any where else in US.
(LauraCr0ft): CNN. they think thats a big tornado? ha.
(11alive_wx): Hardest hit so far: CNN Center, Omni, GA Dome, Old Fourth Ward, Marietta Street, Cent. Olympic Park area…
(wisesumo): @mmealling I live a few minutes from the CNN center and everything is ok but I will know more when daylight hits.
(WhatTheCast): I guess the CNN tour is not going to run this weekend
(dwivian): They’re expecting to classify the Atl Tornado at an E2 or E3.
(francesa88): getting more tornado news on twitter than anywhere else. good god. and thank you all.
(skeskali): See, this is why I always tell the hub that I’d rather take my chances against a tornado than an earthquake.
(joethepeacock): A tornado in downtown is a RARE thing – and it’s really freaky to see those places all torn up… I was JUST there!
(MikeTRose): @film_girl yep, watching CNN now. What a mess… fortunately sounds like only minor injuries, but very very scary.
(farktweet): [News] Possible tornado strikes Georgia Dome, halting SEC tourney: (Some Guy) http://tinyurl.com/27l5xc
(film_girl): @MikeTRose – oh def! And CNN got hit by it too! Irony.
(BradCoy): Watching some tornado BREAKING NEWS from the ATL
(mvopsu): caught a bus back to the hotel… lots of damage around ATL. CNN got hit hard.
(MikeTRose): @film_girl the tornado that hit Brooklyn last year missed our house by a bit less than half a mile. Woke me up, sounded like a sandblaster.
(skeskali): I bet those people on CNN right now are thinking “We’re on the tee-vee! Lookit us!”
(Weaktwos): @ariedana: more people die each year from stuff quite mundane and not tornado like. At least you get a free E-ticket ride in a tornado
(film_girl): @MikeTRose – Wow. That’s scary. There was a tornado in Atlanta on my 2nd birthday. it ripped shingles off the roof but I slept through it
(Karoli): the street outside CNN center looks like a war zone.
(skeskali): Dear stupid CNN reporter: Why the fuck would you ask about looting? *throws dansko clog at her head*
(BradCoy): possible tornado?? what else could it be? Cloverfield
(cspenn): @killyourfm yup, tornado in Atlanta.
(WarrenWhitlock): lots of rain and thunder, but the tornado didn’t quite make it to this hotel
(skeskali): Dude just said he relied on his elementary school tornado training. \m/
(wisesumo): Okay CNN is running out of points to make about this storm – the anchor just asked if the reporter on site is seeing people looting – dumb
(rkischuk): @driveafastercar almost certainly tornado at gdome – wall pieces missing. Glass side of congress center shattered.
(ejflavors): @jordayn7 really? must have missed that. thanks. @JustSayKB yeah, tornadic winds caused damage, broadcasting on CNN now.
(taylorbanks): Wow, we apparently drove right thru the tornado, but didnt see it. 2 wrecks on the highway right ahead of us… But we ok. Hope everybod …
(brianhewitt): Apparently midtown Atlanta had something tornado-ish strike. Got the lights out and watching the lightning right now.
(Paisano): tornado came close to my company’s building downtown atlanta. Lost power for a spell but my UPS and building generator saved the day
(gputz): A possible tornado passes through Atlanta shattering news room windows at CNN HQ and halts a basketball game at Georgia Dome.
(wisesumo): CNN here is some free advice “real quickly” get the cameras off that reporter on site – he is repeating the same words over and over again.
(jteeter): Had to stop tracking atlanta and tornado. I was getting about 16 tweets per minute.
(Armond): I guess if a tornado had hit middletown USA, it wouldn’t have gotten as much coverage as this Atlanta tornado.
(a1mega): Browsing: Tornado-like winds tear up downtown Atlanta http://tinyurl.com/38wfwl
(sleepydad): Been off the grid for a few hours.. just now hearing about the ATL tornado.. sheesh!
(a1mega): News: Tornado-like winds tear up downtown Atlanta, Georgia Dome | ajc.com http://tinyurl.com/2kq3vt
(ariedana): Ah, my other CNN boyfriend, Rob Marciano, is on now. *sighs*
(KarenKramer): is happy the Tornado did not wipe out the Marketing Madness conference.
(skeskali): Rob “sexeh” Marciano of CNN says EF1-EF2. I called it first!
(boonerang): Wow. Just seeing CNN footage of where we were earlier tonight, we were literally in the middle of it all.
(FarkerPeaceboy): @TIHSHO, nice, hadn’t seen the video for that before. There’s an F-bomb in that song that got cut out for that version, too, wtf! Also…
(KarenKramer): Just heard from some attendees..Tornado passed them by..lots of rain and thunder but Matt Bacaks event is ok
(wisesumo): In the ATL area we seem to have this tradition of saying that was not a tornado but straight-ahead winds.
(ehelfant): Distracted by tornado in Atlanta news…
(gstuckey): Not literally killer storms. Actually, we have two 9 year olds here. They are worse than any tornado.
(gaddio): eating chicken nuggets and reading about the atlanta tornado
(pgeorge): watching CNN coverage of Atlanta tornado-sad to see so much damage to places we just visited at NECC last year! Scary!
(imevilduckie): Eyes glued to CNN. Since when did tornadoes hit downtown Atlanta?!? Sweet zombie jeezus.
(jkatila): It’s not news, It’s CNN. http://tinyurl.com/yvx4lm
(cochal): Watching the coverage of the tornado in Atlanta. Hoping my brother wasn’t in the city tonight.
(wisesumo): I have this gut feeling that the CNN onsite reporter Don Lemon will find a way to get himself hurt with his play in the debris reporting
(Nostalgiaah): At Nos-tal-gia.com : Battle Of Monte Cassino – Allied Aircraft Bomb The Monastery.. http://tinyurl.com/2wzz9w
(kberly): Thankfully the tornado passed the color club by.
(ariedana): Damn, look at the CNN library.
(rogercarr): In-laws at Atlantic Civic Center tonight. Don’t think tornado did damage there…
(11alive_wx): South Tower of CNN Center, where CNN/Omni meet, is heavily damaged.
(BradCoy): I think CNN has been taken over by college interns
(ariedana): Instead of showing the same shot of the front of Philips Arena, they should do a walk-and-talk through the CNN building. It’s not evacuated.
(rockmanac): People this is PROOF that a tornado can hit a major downtown area, despite what you may have heard. http://tinyurl.com/ywpmhe
(takano32): cabinet office of the Japanese government is collaborating in SL to educate Japanese citizens on what to do in case of earthquake.
(adamrg): Evidently, CNN has finally incurred God’s wrath for the 24 hour news cycle and gratuitous use of the crawl. Hope He spared the magic map.
(bobbykircher): Home after a major tornado-like winds hit Atlanta. Was at a bar not far from some major damage.
(MarciaLaw): Was right in the middle of a tornado in Atlanta tonight. Funny thing is I started drawing them a few days ago, painted one today,strange
(Danconnolly): Tornado just hit downtown Atlanta about 1/2 a mile from my house. Quiet here and just a little rain.
(kateyj): The top floor of a building where I used to live in Atlanta was ripped off by a tornado. Weird, huh?
(conservatweet): [Jawa]: Military Bomb Hits Tulsa Apt. Building: Ooops? Just who was manning that? http://tinyurl.com/2oqqyw
(expatacular): Michael added the blog post ‘Tornado slams downtown Atlanta’ http://tinyurl.com/2qbs39
(OVNI): Watching Atlanta tornado report on CNN.
(jaredwsmith): The ATL tornado reminds me of a 2006 tornado downtown (1 block from my house). Was pissed my weather station didn’t pick it up.
(chasbloggers): @jaredwsmith: The ATL tornado reminds me of a 2006 tornado downtown (1 block from my house). Was pissed my weather station didn’t pick …
(gollykim): Tornado hits downtown Atlanta…i was supposed to go south to Midtown for mexican dinner but I changed my mind going North for Malaysian.
(tashstewart2): I can’t believe a tornado hit downtown ATL. CNN is showing the street I used to walk everyday. I barely recognize it.
(Tufnel): Watching coverage of the Atlanta tornado
(joshuaw): Watching coverage of tornado in Atlanta. CNN has really bad coverage. Watching local atlanta TV over net,
(Milenio): Tornado afecta Georgia y deja varios heridos: Edificio sede de CNN, resultó también afectado por el fenóm.. http://tinyurl.com/3c25xp
(Parrotheader): Well the Alabama basketball game tonight was interesting to see the least. Good game. Good tornado(?) action as well.
(umAndy): @dskaggs i take it you guys are ok after the tornado
(tashstewart2): My AJC friends are on that street. Was able to reach my girl at CNN; she says they all ran like hell but they’re OK. Can’t reach Mike, tho.
(cochal): Thanks for breaking away from the tornado coverage to air a Larry King show with guest Tori Spelling, CNN. Awesome priorities.
(SpaceyG): Called AP to see if they wanted video from Atl tornado scene. They passed. So much for citizen journalism. They have cam on scene tho.
(Fifikins): Be afraid, be very afraid house- you will no longer look like a bomb has hit a brothel in a pigsty after I have finished with you!
(bobbykircher): Seemed like it was a tornado, but National Weather Service is not confirming it was
(11alive_wx): Tornado Watches in effect for LA/MS…We will deal with this activity tomorrow…Could be a very long day.
(adoxograph): Tornado hits CNN building and downtown Atlanta – I guess I know where to find news on THAT story. Me, the Fats growled the storm away.
(designisgood): Tornado… No power but we are ok. Scary shit
(rdyson): is wondering how he slept through a tornado. on a friday night.
(austinrussell): Seiriously. We have a tornado warning and we are going to the space center!!!
(bokista): Tornado in Downtown Atlanta. Very scary. I hope everything is as well as can be. *fingers crossed*
(buzztter_en): http://buzztter.com/en Tornado, Atlanta, CNN, downtown, in Atlanta, Pole, ATL, the Tornado, Hamilton, F1, storm, a tornado, Cribs, Kimi, …
(ariedana): FYI, if you were watching CNN before they went to repeats, go to http://www.livenewscameras.com/ for more live coverage.
(GeekMommy): @TeriLussier – g’night! now that you’ve got me watching AC on CNN… I’ll take over on that front for a bit!
(hotplategurl): boy is fried flouder da bomb or whot?! u haven’t had fish till you had it as if it jumped from the sea and into a hot vat o’grease!
(ATLienGeorgia): Tornado hit downtown Atlanta, that is crazy!
(joelcomm): So I am in Atlanta and a tornado hits.. go figure – http://tinyurl.com/2r8nzy
(cmail_breaking): Violent storm rips through Atlanta: A HEAVY storm and possible tornado damaged buildings in downto.. http://tinyurl.com/2stvto
(joshlowe): Tornado hammers downtown Atlanta.. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/03/14/tornado.witness/index.html
(nenn): Hoping @minarets is okay! What with the tornado and all.
(sailingbo): walking around the damaged dome…about to head towards cnn center.
(griftdrift): Mayor Franklin confirms it was a tornado.
(nery): Made it home safely, was sitting in Birdies, Decatur, when “tornado” hit. falling asleep.
(Stokely706): OMG! The Space house is on CNN front page. I drive by this house everyday for 9 months http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/homestyle/03/14/ …
(abcnews): Storm rips through Atlanta: A heavy storm and possible tornado damaged buildings in downtown Atlanta on F.. http://tinyurl.com/38anjg
(sunherald): SPORTS: Went to an SEC game and a tornado broke out: For a few fateful, unbelievable seconds, no.. http://tinyurl.com/2ar27v
(jmccay): It is looking more like areas of downtown Atlanta received significant damage from a possible tornado. Multiple injuries.
(rkischuk): Blogged my GA Dome tornado experience: http://tinyurl.com/ywmjw5
(guzenfox): The tornado why did it not take you?
(miniflowers): @nokapixel I like the part when we had a love bomb dropped on us!
(el_gray): Totally undamaged by tornado, in case you’re wondering.
(DeepWaterWalker): Atlanta was hit by a Tornado?
(nyt_national): National Briefing | Plains: Oklahoma: Practice Bomb Dropped on Apartments http://tinyurl.com/2usjhf
(thbarnes): It looked like a bomb went off. Downtown Beirut.
(thbarnes): Raced down to Downtown Atlanta after tornado touched down, got in on some of the action at the CNN Center.
(griftdrift): Area around Blvd and Decatur St looks like earthquake hit
(shelbinator): Ah, just saw @spaceyg’s first iReport #atlanta #tornado: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-3761
(productionadam): Tornado hit downtown Atlanta tonight!
(SpaceyG): Best Atlanta tornado video yet!!!! http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-3761
(ariedana): @Finucane Not so much. They’d have more folks for the Thrashers if they were playing.
(aquariumdrinker): Hey, I made you a tornado map! http://tinyurl.com/3ao8v3
(mostlymedia): Tornado Rips Downtown Atlanta: http://tinyurl.com/ynnv9o
(cnn): Tornado slams downtown Atlanta http://slink.in/6238
(ariedana): @galateadia Most of our “tornadoes” turn out to be straight-line winds in the end. But folks at Philips Arena heard the tornado train sound.
(Rocketcool): Windows blown out at CNN? An actual situation in the Situation Room. Fuck Wolf, somebody save Soledad O’brien. http://tinyurl.com/2vvlvr
(ariedana): @sailingbo How did CNN Center look? Unlike CNN’s reporters tonight, I’m pretty sure you’ve seen actual tornado damage and can evaluate.
(rizzn): Oh good grief. Trust me, my kids don’t care, CNN, about Eliot Spitzer and his hooker. I won’t have to explain.
(SpaceyG): CNN reporting that Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts collapsed in tornado: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/14/storm.atlanta/index.html
(cadillaczak): all my atlanta peeps ok with the tornado that hit?
(BobbyBlackwolf): Youtube video of the Georgia Dome getting hit by tornado during SEC Championship: http://tinyurl.com/2rtcy8
(sailingbo): @ariedana it’s pretty clear a tornado hit…walked down by CNN an hour or two ago, and there’s broken glass and debris everywhere.
(ariedana): @sailingbo It didn’t like they completely evacuated CNN Center, either. I guess with all the people at the game, they had to let folks come
(mahalonews): New Page: Atlanta Tornado http://tinyurl.com/2d8zcq
(faithholders): keeping those in Atlanta in prayer….tornado hits downtown….
(brophey): Wow. CNN Center got hit with a tornado. Wow. It’s been a year since I worked there, but wow.
(nyheter): Tornado raserte CNN-bygningen http://tinyurl.com/24wufs
(TheSquidFlu): OH SHIT THE TORNADO IS CHASING ME?!
(misscheeky): We are all fine- tornado missed us by about a block.
chrispirillo: Do you notice the small things like: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lockergnome/2333942443/ – I don’t.
(chrisleiker): That the Georgia Dome suffered damage from a “possible tornado” leads me to one of two conclusions; either no one in Georgia knows what …
(teletekst): Gewonden door tornado in Atlanta http://tinyurl.com/37ezdo
(ikepigott): @colleencoplick – actually, it was the phone call from nhq that woke me… CNN needs an intvw about the storm damage in downtown Atlanta
(buffyjhamilton): Reading about a possible tornado that may have hit Atlanta last night…apparently, I slept through the storms!
(jstetser): CNN gets it wrong – Tibet is no more “part of China” than Iraq is “part of US” – http://tinyurl.com/2oagle
(DawnNews): Tornado hits downtown Atlanta, injures nine:
ATLANTA, March 15 (Reuters) A tornado struck the heart of.. http://tinyurl.com/368bzy
(headlinenews): CNN: Hamilton on pole for F1 season opener: Last year’s rookie hero Lewis Hamilton claimed pole .. http://tinyurl.com/34uxdt
(Aftenposten): Atlanta rammet av tornado: Skyskrapere, hoteller og sportsarenaer ble skadet da en tornado fredag kve.. http://tinyurl.com/2x6cj8
(Robguy): “”I thought it was a tornado or a terrorist attack,” said Mississippi State guard Ben Hansbrough.” HAHA, yep TERROR, stay scared idiot.
(NateLewis): A tornado hit Atlanta….wtf???
(JAGA): is worried about a friend in the Atlanta area; bad tornado, bad.
(reuters): Tornado hits downtown Atlanta, 9 hurt http://tinyurl.com/34rc6r
(urbanreporter): If you watch cnn at 7am mario and I are behind the camera for cnn correspondent cal perry.
(bild_aktuelles): Hysterie im Stadion – Riesen-Tornado fegt über Atlanta http://tinyurl.com/28hw9b
(christystorck): We are okay! The tornado hit downtown but not us. We are in for more severe weather today so say prayers!
(middle_georgia): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27: Crews hadn’t even had time to asses.. http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(macon_ga): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27: Crews hadn’t even had time to assess the .. http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(macon_georgia): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27: Crews hadn’t even had time to assess.. http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(MaconTelegraph): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27: Crews hadn’t even had time to asses.. http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(Macon_Telegraph): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27 http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(middlegeorgia): Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27: Crews hadn’t even had time to assess.. http://tinyurl.com/ywtopx
(bild_aktuelles): Hysterie im Stadion – Riesen-Tornado fegt über Atlanta http://tinyurl.com/3a3rgk
(headlinenews): Xinhua: Moderate earthquake jolts Turkish capital: ANKARA, March 15 (Xinhua) — A moderate ea.. http://tinyurl.com/3ypfap
(headlinenews): CNN: Hospital staff face sack for eyeing Britney records: Read full story for latest details. http://tinyurl.com/2rny9h
(bigpeachrunner): I think we’re safe for now, but CNN is saying to expect storms all day. grrreat.
(wbdarrow): Tornado hit Atlanta hard last night. Strong storms 5am this morning. More bad weather on the way. Spending Saturday indoors.
(urbanreporter): Setting up a talkback w the red cross for cnn.
(MarilynM): jesus, the tornado in downtown ATL?? scary. big storm coming today? hope it’s not another tornado…
(brianmanley): We were in Atlanta last night but we dodged the tornado. We were in the midst of some fierce rain but were ok.
(GregCarter): Tornado hit downdown Atlanta last night. Georgia Dome was hit during SEC b-ball tournament. Not a trailer park in sight. Weird.
(WhatTheCast): Good morning, that was a tornado warning. In the basement.
(WhatTheCast): Well, the tornado warning for Walton County just got called off. Drat, we just got cozy in the basement. Cats hate us for relocating them.
(DawnNews): Man killed in car bomb blast in Thai south:
YALA, Thailand, March 15 (AFP) A man was killed when explo.. http://tinyurl.com/2alm9f
(scottgibson): heading to GA Tech for class…hoping that the tornado last night didn’t destroy the college of mgmt building!
(loonyhiker): @wcgaskins we were watching the game when the tv went out for a little bit. how scary for all the ppl as the tornado ripped part of the dome
(decaturcomp): major weather damage to downtown atlanta, tornado (says the mayor) hits CNN Center. anything for ratings…
(jillymcjill): All clear here in d’ville, but more storms expected today. After CNN footage, I admit I began looking for Cloverfield or other monster.
(joshtraub): Tornado in downtown Atlanta. CNN center and other areas got smack, I live a good way off, but it explains the sirens.
(RussB): Halo 3: Team game played at Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:09:02 GMTPlaylist: Ranked Big TeamOne Bomb on Last R.. http://tinyurl.com/38etj6
(cuellar): Lo que hace 3 meses era ‘se vende’ ha tornado a ‘se alquila con opcion a compra’
(wei_yang): So now they’re saying it may have been a f2 tornado that ripped through downtown ATL. Waiting for sunrise to confirm.
(nantel): When I last was in Atlanta, I got a good view of the area that was devastated by a tornado last night. http://tinyurl.com/2xtbfm
(plumlipstick): A #tornado ripped through downtown #Atlanta last night, damaging landmarks including #Cnn building, #Georgia+Dome, and office buildings.
(theobserver): Tornado forces SEC tourney move http://tinyurl.com/336lfv
(abcnews): Man killed in car bomb blast in Thai south: police: A man was killed when explosives inside his car went .. http://tinyurl.com/2kkcoy
(stshores24): Tornado watch in Snellville last night. We cleaned the closet out. It passed, thank God.
(plumlipstick): #CNN breaking coverage of #Atlanta #tornado aftermath here. http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/14/storm.atlanta/index.html
(D_Rox): @Leatrice GM. Glad to hear you and your are ok. Was wondering if you had been affected by tornado.
(tjcrowley): Holy crap a tornado hit downtown atlanta hard.
(deanbetz): Good job by AJC.com on tornado coverage. I also like their new photo gallery pages.
(kingl): reading a travel feature in today’s newspaper about downtown Atlanta, and turns out a tornado passed through there last night, NPR reports.
(el_universal): Ataca posible tornado centro de Atlanta, reportan – El Universal (México)
(TechFeed): CNN tracks Ashley Dupre’s social networking activity and provides full report (Josh Wolf/Webware.com):
(MyFOX9): Storm Slams Atlanta, Tears Holes in Georgia Dome: A severe storm including a possible tornado ripped throu.. http://tinyurl.com/29etk5
(andywillingham): Watching vidoe of the Atlanta Tornado. It’s amazing that no one has been reported to have been killed and only few injuries
(headlinenews): CNN: Hardliners surge ahead in Iranian vote: Read full story for latest details. http://tinyurl.com/2wyxpj
(Thepeon): Working a weather seminar. Listening to 5 radios, logging radio traffic and watching CNN.
(urbanreporter): I’m running a bump camera for CNN from an Atlanta neighborhood with crushed houses.
amberlrhea: Take a look at @SpaceyG’s iReport of tornado aftermath: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-3761
(ATLnewsman): Tornado hits Atlanta, but misses me. I go home to bed unaware. Our amazing staff stays and rocks it out. They are great.
(niel): bad windstorms in atlanta last night — heavy damage to the omni, cnn center, georgia dome, georgia world congress center
(mdelfs): Downtown Atlanta after the tornado: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-3761
(WhatTheCast): @gfmorris No fatalities reported yet, so CNN is looking for something to broadcast … and it’s right outside their front door.
dermotwaters: crazy night. tornadoes and downtown ATL. yard is underwater. apparently all the windows in the cnn.com newsroom were blown out.
(mdelfs): This is the proper link for the Tornado damage in Atlanta: http://www.ireport.com/index.jspa
(briarpatch): mr. tornado visited atlanta last night, but didn’t knock on my door.
(keithmcgreggor): a tornado in downtown Atlanta?!??
(headlinenews): CNN: Moelgg makes most of Grange’s slalom slip: Manfred Moelgg has claimed the World Cup slalom .. http://tinyurl.com/yths22
(iellie): @drsoos yeah but who won? MSU! Why? Because a lil Tornado doesn’t bring them down! WHAT! GO DAWGS!
(bigpeachrunner): @robpatrob looks that way! no, a tornado hit downtown Atlanta. the damage is really, really bad in a lot of key buildings, hotels, CNN…
(haripakorss): CNN tracks Ashley Dupre’s social networking activity and provides full report (Josh Wolf/Webware.com).. http://tinyurl.com/34j47a
(cnn): Rescuers search for Atlanta tornado victims http://slink.in/6238
(jeffmace): Car bomb done. Let’s fire it up.
(viviane212): @amberlrhea @rustytanton Hope you guys are OK. A tornado!
(News_RecordFeed): News & Record: Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta:
Crews hadn’t even had tim.. http://tinyurl.com/37lzo6
(DanielthePoet): A tornado ripped through Atlanta…. crazy!
(sunherald): SPORTS: MSU will play quarterfinal survivor tonight: Tornado damage to the Georgia Dome has forc.. http://tinyurl.com/222ouj
(sunherald): NEWS UPDATES: MSU will play quarterfinal survivor tonight: Tornado damage to the Georgia D.. http://tinyurl.com/32mhbo
(Shoppersbase): Tornado Passes Georgia Dome During SEC Basketball Tournament: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 07:15:02 +0000
(memnews): memca Possible tornado slams downtown Atlanta, injuring at least 27; another severe storm forecast
(shegeeks): @bigpeachrunner When’d you hear about the tornado?
(accuweather): Tornado hits Atlanta – photos, video, radar soon…
(stshores24): (I should say that the Governor’s mansion in Atlanta was destroyed by a tornado, making the ‘gone with the wind’ a joke.)
(headlinenews): CNN: Goergl ends World Cup season on high: Elisabeth Goergl claimed her second World Cup victory.. http://tinyurl.com/2qpucg
(craigh): Looks like my Kentucky Wildcats got the worst of that downtown Atlanta tornado. Likely to play two games in a day: http://tinyurl.com/3yoh9p
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