Strong winds from storms left damage across the Baker region Tuesday, forcing the Baton Rouge Zoo to close and overturning a stationary airplane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.
Storms downed tree limbs and power lines in the area across the north end of Baton Rouge's city limits around 1 p.m., knocking power out at traffic lights in Baker and forcing officials to close roads because of felled trees.
At the zoo, trees and large branches made walkways impassible and power was knocked out, said Robyn Lott, the zoo's director of public relations and marketing. The zoo will remain closed Wednesday, though zoo camp will continue as scheduled, Lott said.
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Officials say the property will be inspected "to ensure all is safe before reopening to the public."
A small single-engine airplane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport was blown over in the storm, said interim aviation director Mike Edwards. It had been tied down when the storm passed.
Edwards also said the door of an airplane hangar was damaged as well as the roof to a rental car shop.
Baker emergency crews also responded to issues in their jurisdiction, where many tree limbs fell on homes, across roadways or on power lines, said Baker Fire Chief Christopher Hurt. Power also went out sporadically in the area, but Hurt said Entergy has been working on the issues.
Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn said the traffic signal lights were out at Lavey Lane and Main Street, as well as Lavey Lane and Plank Road.
Southern University Police temporarily closed Jessie Stone Avenue near the university's Law Center due to a tree blocking the roadway, according to their Facebook post.
However, no injuries — of humans or animals — were reported from the storm.