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Tornado damages DeQuincy hospital

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Posted: Dec 21, 2011 3:34 AM
Source: Associated Press

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DEQUINCY, La. (AP) - A rare December tornado struck the city of DeQuincy, causing some property damage and forcing the hospital to evacuate patients, but no one was injured.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the tornado touched down Tuesday morning and tore off a portion of the roof at DeQuincy Memorial Hospital.

The American Press reports that the hospital transferred eight patients to hospitals in Lake Charles and Kinder.

Todd Mogged, an NWS forecaster, says the tornado was likely on the ground for less than a minute, beginning its path a quarter mile southwest of the hospital before dissipating a half-mile northeast of the complex.

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