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Blazers awoken by tornado warning with Hawks on schedule Monday

Trail Blazers

Nothing jolts you up on a Monday morning like a tornado warning.

After securing their fourth-straight win on Sunday with a 129-119 victory over the Celtics, the Blazers flew to Atlanta last night to get some rest for Monday’s game vs. the Hawks.

But Mother Nature had other plans. 

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In the middle of the night, a tornado crossed over I-285 West of Atlanta and was headed directly toward the downtown area.

As a result, members of the Trail Blazers team and staff were evacuated from their rooms and took shelter in the hotel parking garage.

Blazers big Jusuf Nurkic also detailed the scary event.

Amara Baptist, the digital content manager for the Blazers, also shared a photo from the evacuation. 

Strong storms are expected to continue throughout Monday morning, and a tornado watch remains into effect for North Georgia through 1 p.m. PT.


But hey, the Blazers have been in survival mode before. Remember that time they got stuck in an elevator at Emerson College for 30 minutes? Nonetheless, we're happy to hear everybody is safe. 

With lack of nightly sleep, Portland players are certainly going to need a lengthy pre-game nap before Monday night’s game in Atlanta. The Blazers (36-28) take on the Hawks (35-30) at 5:00 p.m.