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Tornado Strikes the Heart of Major US City


A tornado ripped through the U.S. city of Atlanta, in the southeastern state of Georgia late Friday, injuring at least 30 people and causing extensive damage.

Officials told reporters Saturday the twister was 200 yards wide and traveled for six miles, cutting into the city's core.

The storm struck a major hotel, the headquarters of the Cable News Network and the Georgia Dome sports arena as thousands inside watched a college basketball game.

High wind tore holes in the dome's cloth roof, loosened bolts from the rafters and caused catwalks to sway.

Damage was also reported at the arena where the National Basketball Association's Atlanta Hawks play their home games. Authorities say a vacant building near the city's Olympic park collapsed.

About 13,000 residents lost power.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.