Twister

The High School in Enterprise, Alabama took a direct hit from a tornado today killing at least 8 people and injuring more than 40.

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There’s no word yet on the identities of the dead. The news hit a little close to home. A friend of my son (who used to be a neighbor) moved to Enterprise a couple of years ago. He’s around 15 or 16 years old, and it’s likely he was in the school today when the storm hit.

From the local newspaper the Enterprise Ledger: Mike Shroades entered Enterprise High School to pick up his daughter Thursday afternoon. School was closing at 1 p.m. and he hoped to make it home before the storm struck. He didn’t make it.

Photos, more here
Video from inside the school
More video here, and here
Blogging from the scene
Live Video from WVTM-TV

Storm rips through downtown Enterprise
Residents coping with chaos
President Bush will visit area
Victims told to stay in school
Tornadoes touch down in a number of areas

MORE: Enterprise Ledger | Fox10 TV, Mobile | Dothan Eagle |

UPDATE: There’s still no news on the fate of our family friend.

Tags: Enterprise, Alabama, Tornado, Enterprise+High+School

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