LIVE BLOG: Confirmed tornado touched down near Jacksonville State University

CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. - The National Weather Service confirms an EF-3 tornado in Jacksonville Monday night. The tornado caused extensive damage throughout the city and left thousands of residents without power

There were damaged power lines at Jacksonville State University, as well as damage to Logan Hall, and significant damage to Patterson hall, where the roof was blown off in the storm.

Governor Kay Ivey toured the campus today to assess the damage.

Jacksonville mayor, Johnny Smith, says at least four people were injured, but there are no fatalities reported at this time.

"We were very fortunate I think, in the fact that is was spring break, because a lot of those damage on campus was at the housing area where students would have been. But a lot of those people were gone. I think that was really a blessing for us."

A dollar general in town near JSU was also significantly damaged by the storm.

"Crews are diligently working to clear roads, and the power companies working to restore power to the affected areas."

Mayor Smith says all of the roads are now passable but says citizens are to avoid the storm-affected areas, and the entire JSU campus is off limits.

 

 

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One of the apartment buildings at The Reserve in Jacksonville, adjacent to JSU. Photo by Josh Wilson

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