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Tornado hits Hattiesburg, Southern Miss

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by e_bowker, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    Reports still coming in, and it's still on the ground, but a large wedge tornado has struck Hattiesburg, Miss. It passed over at least a portion of the Southern Miss campus, and over the intersection of U.S. 49 and Hardy Street (which, as the southeastern SJ contingent probably knows, is a major, major intersection in the region).

    Live TV news feed:
  2. JosephC.Myers

    JosephC.Myers Active Member

    Damn. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the area.
  3. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    CNN is kicking its competitors' ass. Video, live interviews. Looks like Oak Grove High School was hit hard. In that regard, thankfully it was a Sunday.

    Prayers to all.
  4. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

  5. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    No reports of injuries in Hattiesburg yet, although a few have been reported in neighboring Marion County, where the tornado started. It's still on the ground, or at least on radar, and about to cross into Alabama.

    Also, for those that have been to Hattiesburg, the intersection of US 49 and Hardy St. is roughly where Southern Miss' football stadium is, plus or minus a block. Wonder how bad that got dinged?
  6. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Is Hardy the street running east-west just south of M.M. Roberts Stadium? IIRC, Oak Grove High is on the west side of town.
  7. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    That is correct on both counts. Basically, this thing plowed through downtown Hattiesburg.
  8. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    CNN interviewing a USM geography professor describing where some of the campus sites are that have reportedly suffered damage.

    Fox is airing Huckabee, MSNBC has Caught on Camera.
  9. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    CNN is on the ball. I remember how strange it was watching the broadcast when a tornado hit Atlanta during the SEC tourney a few years ago.
  10. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    So does USM clear out for Mardi gras weekend?
  11. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    Statement on the school's website says class was out Monday and Tuesday for Mardi Gras. They've closed campus tomorrow and told employees to stay home.
    Same statement says damage to at least four buildings, tagged on this map. A couple of them look close to residence halls.

  12. e_bowker

    e_bowker Member

    Another picture from Oak Grove High School, which appears to have taken a direct hit.
    Heard the story on CNN that the girls basketball team was practicing in the gym. One of them came out and asked where her car was. Well, here it is:

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