- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) - A severe windstorm has ripped through downtown Atlanta, downing trees, breaking windows and tearing holes in the roof of the Georgia Dome while the Southeastern Conference basketball tournament was in progress.

Numerous windows were broken at CNN Center during the Friday night storm, and there was also damage at nearby Philips Arena.

Georgia Power Co. spokeswoman Consuela Monroe said about 10,000 customers had lost power in the Atlanta area.

The National Weather Service has not determined if the storm was a tornado, although a tornado warning had been issued for the area a few minutes earlier.

The basketball game was halted, but was expected to resume after a delay.

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