Tornado damages DeQuincy hospital

RAW VIDEO: DeQuincy Memorial Hospital damage
© Photo Source: US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana
© Photo Source: US National Weather Service Lake Charles Louisiana

DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - The roof of DeQuincy Memorial Hospital was damaged by high winds associated with a small tornado Tuesday, officials said. No injuries were reported, but video captured at the hospital showed debris covering cars in the parking lot.  Crews could be seen cleaning up the area just before noon.

The National Weather Service reported an EF1 tornado was spotted just before 8:30 a.m. in the area.  The Calcasieu Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness said the roof of one of the hospital wings was blown off.  Patients were transported to other hospitals in the area.

The National Weather Service said a survey showed a damage path stretched from 1/4 mile southwest of the of the hospital to a half mile northeast of the facility.  The survey showed downed trees and power lines.

OEP officials also reported widespread power outages Tuesday morning. Beauregard Electric Co-Op's online outage map showed power had been restored to the area by the afternoon.

DeQuincy Police officials told KPLC 7 News that multiple agencies were dealing with the storm damage. In addition to the damage at the hospital, some residential damage was being reported.

The tornado and high winds were associated with a line of storms that moved across the region Tuesday morning.

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