Jacksonville State reflects 6 months after EF-3 tornado hit campus

6 months since Jacksonville tornado

JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC) - Wednesday marks six months since a devastating EF-3 tornado struck the city of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville State University campus.

JSU President Dr. John Beehler says even though the damage was about $30 million more than originally thought, the school is making progress on repairs.

Approximately 40 buildings now have new roofs. The school also only saw an extremely small drop in enrollment.

“The faces, the faculty, the staff, the students, they’re happy. And they’re glad to be here. And that’s a tribute to the gamecock spirit,” said Dr. Beehler.

Wednesday marks the 6-month anniversary of a tornado that hit Jacksonville State. (Source: WBRC Video)
Wednesday marks the 6-month anniversary of a tornado that hit Jacksonville State. (Source: WBRC Video) ((Source: WBRC Video))

For the city, Mayor Johnny Smith estimates that roughly 75 percent of repairs have been completed. He’s still amazed there was no loss of life.

“Just a miracle I think. We got a little miracle that day,” said Smith.

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