Last night a tornado ripped through downtown Atlanta. I was visiting an old friend in Duluth, GA when it happened.
Once I heard about the damage, I headed back into town to see if my house was still standing. Thankfully, my block was spared. But neighborhoods on each side of me took some pretty moderate damage.
At daybreak the news helicopters started hovering over my roof and all my relatives started calling me when they saw my neighborhood on Fox News or CNN. So, I figured I might as well get up and walk around the area and take some pictures.
It is sad to see the damage to the historic neighborhood. The cotton mill lofts and the mill houses all took some damage. Much of it is minor, but some houses are completely destroyed by the oak trees that were ripped up by the twister.
The damage is extremely localized, which speaks to it being a tornado. My block suffered no damage at all.Â Even the lightweight wicker furniture on my front porch is still in place, and it blows around during regular storms all the time. Yet on each side of me in the neighboring Cabbagetown and Old Forth Ward districts there is evidence of the tornado.