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Harris County, GA - All schools in Harris County are closed Thursday and Friday. Since Thanksgiving break is next week, students will return to class after Thanksgiving.
STORM DAMAGE LOG:
6:15 p.m. Auburn, AL - The following update is from Auburn University: Auburn University is aware that some students have been displaced by the severe weather that impacted the Auburn area this afternoon. The Division of Student Affairs has personnel available to assist displaced students who need a temporary, safe place to stay tonight. To reach the Division of Student Affairs, call (334) 707-4466. This number will be answered 24 hours a day. Students who need academic accommodations should contact their faculty member directly to discuss their needs. The Department of Public Safety and Security has not received any reports of injuries. The campus sustained only minor damage and all classes are being held as normally scheduled.
5:15 p.m. Auburn, AL - The following information is from the Auburn Police Department:
A significant weather system moved through Auburn just after noon today causing power outages as well as downed trees and power lines. There were several reported traffic accidents but none with serious injuries. Some light to moderate damage to several homes and other structures was also reported. No injuries were reported in those incidents. Traffic lights remain out in a number of intersections and some streets have been closed for cleanup. Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roadways. Those that must travel should exercise extreme caution. All available police officers are working at this time. Officers will remain vigil throughout the evening and night.
Severe Weather Photos November 16
5:15 p.m. Lee County, AL - News Leader 9 has learned from the National Weather Service that it believes a tornado touched down in Lee County and traveled more than 26 miles through Auburn and Opelika. NWS is basing its estimates on damage reports in Lee County. Officials estimate the tornado may have possibly been an EF-2. Crews are still in East Alabama surveying the damage. We hope to get a confirmation from them sometime this week.
4:50 p.m. Harris County, GA - New Leader 9 confirms that the Agriculture Center in Hamilton of Highway 116 was destroyed in Wednesday's surge of storms.
4:20 p.m. Auburn, AL - News Leader 9 observes crews cleaning up debris near Auburn High School. Behind the school several homes and cares were damaged by Wednesday afternoon's storm system.
2:26 p.m. Harris County, GA - News Leader 9 confirms the 911 center is destroyed. Crews are routing all emergency calls through Columbus. In addition, it is confirmed that there is damage to a Harris County high school.
2:19 p.m. Hamilton, GA – Reports of damage to the courthouse in Hamilton.
2:15 p.m. Harris County, GA – Possible damage reported at the 911 center
2:14 p.m. Notasulga, AL – Reports of four homes destroyed on Whitman Hill Road. Additional buildings in Notasulga may be damaged as well. We'll follow up.
2:00 p.m. Harris County, GA – Possible damage reported at Harris County High School
1:42 p.m. Opelika, AL - A viewer tells us that a huge tree is blocking Highway 280 outside Opelika near exit 62.
1:39 p.m. Columbus, GA - Chief Rickey Shores tells News Leader 9 all of the fire and EMS units are gased up and fully equipped for approaching weather issues. They are standing by.
1:25 p.m. Auburn, AL – Caller says lights are out near Tiger Town in Auburn.
1:23 p.m. Auburn, AL - Auburn Police Chief, Tommy Dawson, tells us there is tree damage on Green Street in Auburn at the Terrace Acres subdivision. That is near Moore's Mill Road and Auburn High School.
1:04 p.m. Lee County, AL – News Leader 9's Elizabeth White hears warning sirens go off in Lee County.
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