Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An Ill Wind

Click the arrow to watch amateur video of the tornado damage at Michoud. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

A severe storm system that struck New Orleans today included a tornado that plowed through NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility.

NASA released a statement this afternoon:

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. 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. The onsite Michoud emergency response team is also conducting damage assessments of buildings and facilities.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Michoud suffered “significant damage.”

The National Weather Service confirmed that walls at the assembly facility were blown out, and cars in the parking lot were missing windshields. A warehouse in front of the NASA building was missing its front corner. A movie studio on the campus had a large portion destroyed.

Among many other uses, Michoud is where NASA will construct the core stage tank for Space Launch System.

UPDATE February 9, 2017 — NASA released today this video update of damage recovery at Michoud.

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: NASA YouTube channel.

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