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The Latest: Tornado damages New Orleans NASA facility
An official at NASA’s Michoud facility in New Orleans says it suffered some damage during Tuesday’s tornado but the deep-space equipment being built there does not appear to be damaged.
Steve Doering was there when the wind started picking up and says it sounded like a freight train coming down.
He says a 43-acre building where they build rockets suffered significant damage on one end. A number of areas in the facility have lost parts of the roof or walls.
He says the hardware and tooling used in the Orion and Space Launch System were not damaged. But they’ll have to do a “significant effort” to cover everything up and make sure any subsequent bad weather doesn’t affect it while the roof and walls are repaired…
Coastal Resilience Center to lead post-Matthew disaster recovery efforts
Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) researchers and students across several North Carolina schools will be leading efforts to undertake three primary efforts in response to Hurricane Matthew. These include: 1) studying the impacts of Hurricane Matthew on eastern North Carolina communities; 2) advising North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) officials on state and federal recovery policies and programs; and 3) assisting communities develop disaster recovery plans.
Titled the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI), this effort is led by Dr. Gavin Smith, who is CRC Director and Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. Funding of more than $900,000 for…