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Jacksonville State University releases security cam video of tornado

Students at Jacksonville State University head back to classes on Monday.

Posted: Apr 8, 2018 5:43 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2018 5:45 PM

Students at Jacksonville State University will be going back to classes Monday for the first time since the EF 3 tornado caused severe damage last month.

The university released security camera video from several parts of campus showing the moments the tornado came through the area.

One view from Patterson Hall on the north side of campus showed multiple people pushing open a door to let people inside during the storm.

A camera on the 2nd floor of Merrill Hall on the northeast part of campus showed debris being thrown around inside. 

The camera ended up facing upward where the roof of the building used to be. 

Inside the Houston Cole Library, also on the northern side of campus, a camera showed the tornado knocking over an entire shelf filled with books.

One student on campus said going back to classes is a milestone and a big step for getting back to normalcy.

"This day is kinda going to commemorate not only students coming back, but also kind of showing we overcame this and we rebuild as the resilient gamecocks that we are, so this just really shows that nothing can take us down. We can come together as a community and be able to show that whatever comes our way we'll be able to overcome it," said Ranger Rumrill.

Monday marks 3 weeks since the tornado devastated the university and many other parts of Jacksonville.

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