Wow. The news coming out of Atlanta this morning looked bleak and frightening — especially for residents in the East Atlanta area who weathered an F2 tornado late last night (and more on the way?).

When I lived and played music in Athens (60 miles northwest of Atlanta), I used to commute the East Atlanta mill neighborhood of Cabbagetown to rehearse with a band called The Rock*A*Teens According to reports in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and elsewhere, the little ‘hood was hit pretty badly:

From the AJC — “More than 15,000 customers in the metro area were without power Saturday morning, Georgia Power spokeswoman Konswello Monroe said. She said extra crews were called in from surrounding counties to make repairs, but there was no estimated time of restoration for residents in the hardest hit areas of Cabbagetown and near the Dome.”

One online report said, “about 50 search-and-rescue team members worked on three areas of a building at 170 Boulevard that collapsed, including an elevator shaft, Atlanta fire Capt. Bill May said Saturday morning.”

Good grief. And good luck and best wishes to my friends and colleagues over in Cabbagetown.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.