Atlanta Mayor Declares State of Emergency

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has declared a state of emergency in the city.

Franklin is urging people to stay indoors unless performing essential tasks such as checking on family or property. Her comments came as curious onlookers fanned out across the city taking pictures and surveying the damage in their neighborhoods today.

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine estimates damage from last night's tornado at 150 million dollars to 200 million dollars. He says at least 100 million dollars of the damage was at the Georgia World Congress Center, a state convention center near CNN Center and the Georgia Dome.

He says the storm broke through the roof, sucking walls, glass and furnishings out like a vacuum.

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