Hurricane Ida slides off the roof of Lady of the Sea Hospital in Louisiana


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Hurricane Ida tore off part of the roof of Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Galliano, Louisiana, on Sunday, and authorities said they had no immediate reports of injuries. A video posted on Twitter showed a large section of the roof peeling off and shattering as Ida’s winds hit Galliano, about 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico and Port Fortune, as Ida made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. The winds are as strong as a hurricane in the area, warning of more damage and “catastrophic” wind flooding as the storm moves toward populated areas. MORE: A look at the immediate impact after Hurricane Ida made landfall Boudreaux told USA TODAY Network that “a few” patients and staff were inside at the time. Hospital officials told local media that patients were moved to lower levels of the building before the damage occurred. Destroyed homes and fallen trees have also been reported in that area of ​​Lady of the Seas, a brick hospital with 25 intensive care beds, Boudreaux said. Karen Collins, the hospital’s chief executive, confirmed the damage to the Lafourche Gazette, and before the storm, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said he was particularly concerned about the damage Ida could do to hospitals already struggling with COVID-19 patients. As of Sunday, only about 41% of the state’s eligible population opted to receive the full vaccination, which has resulted in many hospitals seeing heavy use as sick and unvaccinated people seek care.


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