quote:Large tornado damages NASA rocket factory in New Orleans
A large tornado ripped through New Orleans and the surrounding area Tuesday, leaving a swath of devastation in its wake and damaging NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in the city.
It's unclear how much damage the facility, which is helping to manufacture NASA's next mega-rocket, sustained.
"At 11:25 a.m. CST, a tornado impacted NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. At this time, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA employees and other tenants are being accounted for," NASA spokesperson Tracy McMahan said in an email.
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"There is still a threat of severe weather in the area and emergency officials are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of onsite personnel," McMahan added.
"The onsite Michoud emergency response team is also conducting damage assessments of buildings and facilities."
During the space shuttle era, Michoud was responsible for assembling and testing the external tanks used to store the propellant that would power shuttles into orbit.
Today, Michoud is helping to test and build hardware for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the Orion spacecraft, designed to deliver humans to deep space destinations like the moon and Mars in the coming decades. The SLS rocket is slated to be the most powerful the agency has ever built.
NASA is not yet sure whether any of the spacecraft hardware at Michoud was damaged during the storm.
Wordt natuurlijk ook op basis van schade beoordeeld maar qua omvang is hij vrij indrukwekkend en lijkt het me sterk dat dit een EF0 of EF1 was.quote:Op basis van de schade dan denk ik ook wel dat het een F2 moet zijn geweest.
En die mensen die daar staan te filmen zijn inderdaad echt niet goed bij hun hoofd.
quote:Storm damage reported in Bulloch, Effingham counties
Reports of storm damage are coming into the WTOC newsroom from a fast-moving system that rolled across our area between 3 and 5 a.m. Thursday morning.
We are hearing of power outages, multiple trees down and at least two homes damaged with occupants possibly trapped inside on Old River Road South four miles East of Stilson in Bulloch County.
Bulloch County EMA has confirmed that at least seven people were injured in homes on Lilly Hagen Road and Old River Road South. One person was flown by LifeStar to a hospital in Savannah with serious injuries, and six others were driven to East Georgia Regional in Statesboro.
Storm damage and power outages have also been reported in Effingham County. A pumphouse was reportedly destroyed, homes damaged and numerous trees and power lines were blown down in Pineora.
quote:Radar detecting possible tornado 4 miles northeast of Wharton. Moving NE toward Needville.