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Best Unwelcome Tourist: Tornadoes

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Like a drunken giant stumbling home from the bar, the March TORNADOES that ravaged Atlanta left a staggered footprint stretching from Vine City to East Atlanta. For the first time in modern history (or at least since the 1970s), a twister tore through the heart of the city, causing $300 million in damage, displacing hundreds of people, and killing two residents. The storm rattled and ripped the Georgia Dome and the World Congress Center, barraged CNN Center, and then pummeled Lenny’s and East Atlanta as a “fuck you” to the city’s music scene. Cabbagetown received the brunt of the destruction – one of the Cotton Mill Lofts buildings literally lost its roof, as did many shotgun houses in the chic artist district. Overall, it’s been an impressive year for tornadoes: The Georgia Emergency Management Administration reports that 28 of them have touched down in the state in 2008 – the most since the weather watchers started keeping count in 1884.

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