NewsCovering Louisiana

Actions

Scaffolding at NOLA construction site collapses in strong storms, injuring one person

Strong storms passed through metro Wednesday afternoon
Default-Image_1280x720.png
Posted at 4:11 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 18:16:31-05

Strong storms passed through the New Orleans metro Wednesday afternoon, causing scaffolding at a hotel construction site to collapse and fall onto the street below.

According to nola.com, a section of scaffolding at the Four Seasons construction site was blown over by high winds and a brief period of hail.

The scaffolding fell shortly before 2 p.m. and landed on at least one vehicle. No one inside the car was hurt, but one person on the ground was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, said New Orleans EMS.

Photo courtesy nola.com

Pea-sized hail was seen in the Central Business District and more rounds of storms are expected to pass through the area into the evening.

The National Weather Service advised residents to stay indoors until the storms passed. Glass on a set of revolving doors at a building on Poydras St. was also shattered. The Four Seasons is the site of the former World Trade Center.

A cold front is passing through the state, bringing the possibility of strong cells and then cold temperatures on Thursday.