Enterprise Tornado Shows Need for Hardened Shelter

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - Federal weather officials say a March 1st tornado that struck Enterprise High School, killing eight students, shows the need for a "hardened safe room" for use during storms.

In its report today on the tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia, the National Weather Service said Enterprise school officials and students followed appropriate safety measures before and during the tornado.

Besides the deaths in Enterprise, the tornado outbreak killed six people in a mobile home park near Newton, Georgia, and five others elsewhere in Alabama and Georgia.

The NWS report said a total of 31 verified tornadoes struck 45 counties in Georgia and south Alabama. The deadliest hit Enterprise with 200 mile per hour winds.

Enterprise school officials hope to break ground next September on a new high school that will have some classrooms with interior shutters that lock during storms.

Two elementary schools also will have the shutter-equipped classrooms with walls built to withstand powerful winds.

Since the March 1st twisters, the weather service has moved from
a county-based system of warnings to a more geographically specific
storm-based warning system.

It gives more precise information about the location of severe weather and the direction it's expected to move.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Taxed to death on Nov 30, 2007 at 04:42 AM
    If you support the sales tax increase that is being considered by the Enterprise City Council then Go and Vote for it. However if you think your being taxed enough as it is now. By all Means Get the Vote Out against the Tax increase do not allow your opinion to be swayed by Rumors or by "On Line Polls". A vote by the "Tax Payers" will determine if the tax will pass or not. Please Vote!!! Once a Tax increase is passed it will be in effect long after two needed schools are built and that is the truth of the matter.
  • by Kamin Location: Enterprise on Nov 29, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    And they want to try to build a room under the school large enough for all of the students, and capable of supporting them incase the new school falls on top of the "safe room"? Thats a lot of batcave to put under a school. The tornado was a horrible thing to have happen, but it's not like it's something that we go through every year or 3. It was the first Tornado that even hit Enterprise in about 100 years. Build the new school to code and realize nature isn't trying to kill people, it's just something that happens (rarely)
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