Severe weather rips through the university of Alabama, takes aim at Southeast



Aftermath of powerful tornadoes that ripped through Alabama

Raw video: The storm’s powerful winds damaged homes, uprooted trees.

Storms that spawned at least one tornado struck Alabama Jacksonville State University on Monday night and took aim at the rest of the southeast.

Alabama state troopers said the damage in Jacksonville, Ala. the city from looking like a “war zone.” Strong winds downed trees and damaged buildings, such as the National Weather Service confirmed a “harmful and possible large tornado near Jacksonville and Calhoun county and was moving east.

If a tornado warning is in effect in Alabama Monday evening, reports suggested that Jacksonville State University (JSU) sustained serious damage.

(National Weather Service Birmingham)

Heavy storms which tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees as they moved across the Southeast on Monday night.

(Johnny Tribble via AP)

Jacksonville State University Athletic Director Greg Seitz wrote in a tweet that there was significant damage to the campus, including the newly renovated Pete Mathews Coliseum.

“I can confirm that we have major roof damage at Pete Mathews Coliseum, but The bill is not completely destroyed,” Seitz said in a tweet.

Friends and family help homeowners Michael and Phyllis Shell collecting items from their home after a possible tornado destroyed it on Gatlin Road Ardmore, Ala.

(Crystal van Der Weit/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andy Norris said in a tweet that troopers called Jacksonville a “war zone.” He said that the arena’s roof “major damage.”

Photos seen on social media have the scope of the damage Jacksonville took.

@spann reserve building, third story, destroyed, dollar general destroyed, and the fraternity houses taking serious damage.

— ders (@James_Anders5) 20 March 2018

@spann Roof of Patterson @JSUNews is completely gone.

— Brian Teal (@brian_teal14) 20 March 2018

Side of the colosseum and overlooking the tennis courts.

— Chris Allen Brown (@ChrisBrown_AL) 20 March 2018

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey confirmed in a statement late Monday there was “significant damage” in the state, according to WBRC-TV.

NEW statement from @GovernorKayIvey
“There is significant damage tonight in parts of Alabama. We send resources from the state to the regions concerned, in particular, to Jacksonville and Calhoun County. We will continue to monitor and respond to the needs in other areas as needed. “

— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) 20 March 2018

Cities in the north of Alabama reported power outages and the NWS in Huntsville reported at least three tornadoes in the area.

The extreme weather conditions, moved to Georgia late Monday night.

Flights to Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta were not officially grounded as the damaging winds moved into the area. However, the airport warned on Twitter that delays were likely.

Meanwhile, there are more than 150 people allegedly took the valve is in a historic cave in Cave Springs, Ga.

Photos of Cave Springs, Ga where 150+ people dodge from a tornado walked to the historic cave for safety. Send photos/videos our way from the weather in your area.

— CBS46 (@cbs46) 20 March 2018

The storms knocked out power to at least 15,000 homes and businesses in Alabama. Georgia Power was rpeorting more than 26,000 of their customers without power, according to Cobb County News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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