Louisiana Gold's Gym Rebuilding After Tornado Damages Club

A tornado peeled away one of the walls and part of the roof at Gold39s Gym Prairieville Photo by Thinkstock

A tornado peeled away one of the walls and part of the roof at Gold's Gym Prairieville. (Photo by Thinkstock.)

A recently opened Gold's Gym in Louisiana is making repairs after a tornado damaged the club this week.

The tornado struck the Gold's Gym in Prairieville, Louisiana, just after noon on Tuesday, and peeled away one of the building's walls and part of the roof. Approximately 35 members were inside the facility when the tornado hit, and one member continued running on a treadmill through the storm, according to a witness report from WJTV. No injuries were reported.

Mark Giulina, one of the club's managers, said another manager, who was on duty when the tornado hit, went to open an exterior door and it started to shake, according to a New Orleans Advocate report. The wall and roof blew away a short time later, and debris was visible near the parking lot outside the club.

“We all good," Gold's Gym Prairieville owner Dashay Allen told WWLTV. "We're all safe, and that’s all that matters right now. This is a challenge for us, but it’s not going to stop us. We’re going to put it back together and rebuild it better.”

Two classes were scheduled for Thursday night at the Gold's Gym, which plans to resume normal office hours Friday in a temporary setup. The club opened in December 2015.

There were 10 separate reports of tornadoes in southern Louisiana on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans. The Service called the outbreak the worst in the immediate New Orleans area since 1989. 


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