Jacksonville State University Tornado Damage in Alabama

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Twitter/Andrew Fuller Tornado damage at the Reserve apartments in Jacksonville Alabama.

The campus of Jacksonville State University, which is also known as JSU, sustained damage from a severe tornado that touched down on March 19, 2018. In the aftermath of the twister, campus officials were still surveying the aftermath and degree of wreckage, but it was clear that multiple buildings, including the Coliseum, had sustained damage.

The Dollar General and part of the “Reserve” (an apartment building near campus) were damaged, according to photos posted on social media. The university provided some information on the evening of March 19, writing, “There is damage to campus. Trees and power lines are down. Avoid traveling at or near campus. If you need UPD, call 256-689-2018.”

The university added, “If you are a student in need of assistance please go to the University Police Department in Salls Hall or call 256-782-5050 or 911.” It was not yet clear whether there were any injuries.

The Marching Southerners wrote on Twitter, “Our music building roof took some damage and is taking on water. Most students are away for Spring Break. Most of the students I’ve contacted are safe with some reporting damage to their apartments. -Jesse, Band GA.” The university also retweeted this photo:

Around 11 p.m., the university tweeted, “Dear JSU family and friends: Our campus and our community were hit this evening by severe storms. It has only just become safe for university police to come out of shelter and they are out assessing the damage and going dorm to dorm checking on residents.”

John Stempin, an NPR reporter, wrote on Twitter, “Widespread tornado damage reported in Jacksonville, AL including the state university campus. Residents advised not to venture out due to a large numbrer of downed powerlines. Unconfirmed reports of victims trapped in rubble. #nprnewscast.”

A photo of the twister by Facebook user Blake Matson was widely shared:

Greg Seitz, the athletic director of JSU, confirmed that the JSU Coliseum was damaged, but he said it was not destroyed, writing, “Thanks for all the calls, texts and emails and we do have extensive damage in Jacksonville. I can confirm we have major roof damage at Pete Mathews Coliseum, but The Pete is not completely destroyed. We have staff on site and will update as soon as possible.”

The Dollar General store in Jacksonville sustained significant damage.

Here’s another view of the Dollar General:

Seitz also wrote, “We are still surveying all of the damage to campus and can confirm major roof damage to Logan Hall and Patterson Hall. Numerous trees and power lines are down. I’m very thankful JSU is on spring break this week and most students are out of town.” Students who were there during the storm but made it through OK were breathing a sigh of relief.

Earlier in the evening, JSU urgently tweeted, “Tornado down near JSU. Please get to your safe spaces if you’re in the Jacksonville, AL area.” The National Weather Service’s Birmingham office confirmed the frightening news, writing, “CONFIRMED DAMAGING AND POSSIBLY LARGE TORNADO NEAR JACKSONVILLE/CALHOUN COUNTY MOVING EAST INTO NORTHERN CLEBURNE COUNTY. TORNADO WARNING IN EFFECT! TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY AND SHELTER NOW!! #alwx”

The campus was not the only area that sustained damage. A local church was severely damaged, although the parishioners were OK, authorities said.

By one report, the church was split in half by the tornado.

People offered shelter:

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department reported that trees and power lines were down, roads were closed, and schools would be closed on March 20, 2018.

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Why didn’t anyone make any comments about injuries to people ? A lot was said about buildings, which is primary when you are talking about people’s lives, yet there were no comments about human injuries. The buildings can be rebuilt, human lives cannot !!!

USA must support India

now Mr.narendra modi is reiterating .,
,,,,below.,,what already India’s late prime Minister mr.rajive Gandhi initiated .( Mr.Raghul Gandhi’s father)
God bless India.
God bless the Indian prime minister.
India is winning its war on human waste.
75 million toilets
India is winning its war on human waste
By Bill Gates | April 25, 2017
Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It’s still having a big impact today.
He made the comment during his first speech to the nation commemorating India’s Independence Day. Modi said: “We are living in the 21st century. Has it ever pained us that our mothers and sisters have to defecate in the open?… The poor womenfolk of the village wait for the night; until darkness descends, they can`t go out to defecate. What bodily torture they must be feeling, how many diseases that act might engender. Can`t we make arrangements for toilets for the dignity of our mothers and sisters?”

,,,,
What Christian missionaries were doing since several hundred years ,,,
What Christian social workers were doing several years,,
Now Mr modi is trying to achieve it ,,
God bless Mr modi.
USA must support India.
British gave us dams , railways, hospitals,, government, schools,,
India must be thankful to British.
USA must give us job opportunities.
God bless USA.
Mr.modi is from a poor family background ,,( he claims so ),,,
So USA and world can trust him.
A good prime minister must think of the poor needy people of his country.
He should not take anything a prestigious issue .
He should not be Haughty.
God bless such a prime minister of India.
USA can believe mr.modi.
But ,
It is none of our business.
God bless USA.
Jesus loves USA.
Mr.raghul Gandhi works day and night for the good of India.
He works day and night for the growth of Indian people.
USA must work for peace and democracy everywhere.
That’s all.
Many Christians and minority and churches were attacked recently by the Mr.Modi supporters.
Mr Modi has not warned those attackers.
Neither Mr.Modi visited the churches attacked by those his supporters.
mr.modi must know that if he supports christians Jesus will give him power and make him prime minister of India again and again .
This mr.modi must believe.
Mr modi must believe JESUS,,,as his Saviour.
Jesus has power .
Mr.modi should not forget a fact it was Christian missionaries who first started building toilets for Indian poor.
Christian missionaries not only gave Jesus,,
But they also gave toilets to Indian slums.
British gave railways, hospitals, democracy,roads ,courts ,police ,, schools ETC ,, everything to India.
On this grounds,,at least,,,,,,
,,,,Mr modi must support Christian Gospel work.( at least a little.)
God bless mr.modi.
Some 13 years ago some young Christian young girls (who were all Gospel preaching) were attacked by young Hindu men near ,,Namakkal ,, ,Erode or Salem or combatore,districts in Tamil Nadu, India.
Last week this month in Madurai , Tamil Nadu India.(This is to hide or cover up their old attacks .)
Conspiracy with the help of some power.
God knows people’s hearts.
We hope madurai is a peaceful city .
It is a tourist center.
God give peace to India
USA must warn India.
Without the work of British India would be a Somalia now.
God bless British.
If modi visits a place where a church is attacked ,,
God will bless him.
Mr.modi must know that Jesus has all the power in the world.
,,
and ,,
Attackers can’t escape .
God will punish them if modi fails .
God bless Mr.modi.
Mr.modi must know that the whole world is watching what is going on INDIA.

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