Jacksonville Tornado: One Year Later
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 will mark one year since the devastating EF-3 tornado struck the City of Jacksonville and severely damaging majority of JSU’s Campus. As this day approaches, many are reflecting, rebuilding, and remaining Jacksonville Strong.
Nearly a year ago, students throughout the City of Jacksonville were on Spring Break with family or friends. Fortunately, when tragedy struck, no lives were taken. As for the campus of JSU, President John Beehler says 50 out of the university’s 70 buildings sustained severe to little damage. A year later, only several buildings are awaiting new roofs, while two buildings have to be completely replaced. And Doctor Beehler says that construction could take years. Last week, Calhoun County was placed under a brief tornado warning as thunderstorms rolled through East Alabama. President Beehler says although students and faculty were frightened, everyone remained in good spirits until the warning was uplifted. Be sure to tune into TV24 Primetime News tomorrow night as we will have full coverage of the anniversary ceremony that will be held at Pete Mathews Coliseum. Tuesday evening there will also be a Candlelight Commemoration in front of Bibb Graves Hall with remarks by community and campus survivors. Both events are free and open for the public to attend.