Friday, March 14, 2008

Georgia Dome mayhem!

Here's something you don't see everyday: A basketball game being postponed due to inclement weather, but that's exactly what's happening in Atlanta as a severe storm ripped a hole in the roof and two panels off the side of the Georgia Dome. I've never seen anything like this.

Mississippi State and Alabama were in the middle of overtime when the building began shaking. At first, fans and reporters alike assumed it was the rowdy Kentucky fans stomping their feet. But, soon we realized that this was no cheer.

Georgia Dome Officials said “high-force” winds whipped across the roof just 30 seconds after they received a tornado warning.

Fans were understandably frightened and began heading for the exits before an announcement over the loudspeaker told them they were safe. Pieces of roofing and other debris floated down onto the court and a washer actually landed on the press table in the row in front of me and came within inches of a reporter's head.

The game was postponed for approximately one hour. Mississippi State held on for a 69-67 victory as Mykal Riley's 3-pointer at the buzzer went in and out.

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