tornado map.

continuing with all things tornado;

doing some reading this morning i cam across this excellent map of the track of the downtown tornado.

(i was going to embed the map here, but we are still working through getting embedding to work, so i really encourage you to click the link. if we get it fixed, i will go back and embed it)

looking at it, i realized just how lucky i came. the tornado crossed over i-20 less than 1/4 of a mile from my house. instead of having no roof today, i am only missing some shingles, some siding and some flashing.

i am in toronto for a couple of day, but i am interested in how the cleanup is coming?

2 Comments so far

  1. abby on March 19th, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    I live on Powell Street in Cabbagetown – the tornado went almost directly over us, and I can’t believe how lucky we are – just a few windows broken and minor roof damage. We finally got power back yesterday evening. A half block down, at Powell and Memorial there are three houses in a row with trees through them – as of this morning they’ve pulled the tree out of just one house. Rumors are flying that at least one of the other two will have to be demolished along with the trees.

    There was an amazing effort to clean up over the last few days – c-town mobilized and set to work Saturday morning. I was really impressed with everyone’s community-mindedness [except for the gawkers, but that’s an earlier post ;)] Today most of the streets are generally clear of trees, but there is still a lot of debris, trees down, etc, and streets are often blocked off with power trucks and tree companies and such.

    Also, volunteers are meeting Saturday morning – anyone who wants to help out for a few hours will be GREATLY APPRECIATED (and perhaps even fed!)- here are the details:

    At 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, those willing to help will meet at the
    Cabbagetown Community Center at 177 Estoria Street (which will serve as
    Headquarters) to assess needs on each affected street and break into teams to continue work. We can especially use people with tools that will help with tree chopping and removal (chainsaws, other saws, etc.), supplies to protect exposed homes (hammers, nails, tarps, plywood, 2 X 4’s, etc). Please be sure to bring work gloves and wear comfortable clothes (consider long sleeves because of tree branches), closed-toe shoes and sunscreen.

    *Click here for a map to the community center.*,+atlanta+ga+30316&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=29.772081,59.238281&ie=UTF8&ll=33.75082,-84.363348&spn=0.007618,0.014462&z=16&iwloc=addr

    *If you would like to help keep the workers and victims fed and hydrated, you can bring groceries, food, drinks and/or any other items of comfort to 177 Estoria Street at the 10:00 meeting or anytime thereafter.

  2. abby on March 24th, 2008 @ 9:17 am

    Cabbagetown has put together a fundraising initiative to help the victims in the neighborhood – there are a lot of uninsured houses/apartments, a few trees still in houses, a lot of rebuilding to do, and quite a few people who just need some help. You can now make a donation online through PayPal. Go to and click on the "PayPal- donate" link.

    Cabbagetown Initiative is a 501 (c) (3) organization, and all donations are
    tax-deductible and will go straight to victims most in need.
    Thanks all!

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