PORTLAND’S fierce weather caused havoc at Portland District Health on Tuesday night, when a tower on top of its roof was struck by lightning.
The single lightning strike hit the hospital’s Vodafone tower during a storm at about 8pm, forcing staff to work in emergency mode because of the resulting damage.
The lightning strike discharged through a water pipe, forcing the pipe to rupture, with the rush of water causing damage to the internal communications system.
As a result, the hospital’s fire panel was damaged, as well as internal structures, from the excess water.
The Portland fire brigade attended the scene because of the damage to the fire panel.
PDH operated in emergency mode, but there were no reported threats to patient safety during the incident.
Acting PDH chief executive officer Ros Jones said that experts have been brought in to repair the damaged system.
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