Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Tornado warning-Louisville--real time now

Posted on 01/17/2012 8:17:01 AM PST by WKUHilltopper

The "meat horns" (air raid sirens) just went off.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: louisville; tornado; weather
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-53 next last

1 posted on 01/17/2012 8:17:06 AM PST by WKUHilltopper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
1054 AM EST TUE JAN 17 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOUISVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF LOUISVILLE...
WESTERN OLDHAM COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY...
SOUTHERN CLARK COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA...
FLOYD COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA...
CENTRAL HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA...

* UNTIL 1130 AM EST...

* AT 1049 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BYRNEVILLE...MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

* THIS TORNADIC STORM WILL ALSO IMPACT...
ST. MATTHEWS...
PROSPECT...
LYNDON...
ANCHORAGE...
MIDDLETOWN...
SAINT JOSEPH...
OAK PARK AND CLARKSVILLE...
UTICA AND RIVER BLUFF...
ORCHARD GRASS HILLS AND BROWNSBORO...


2 posted on 01/17/2012 8:22:40 AM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Hope all goes well - I don’t want a repeat of April 3, 1974.


3 posted on 01/17/2012 8:24:02 AM PST by bagman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bagman

Thanks, me either. Was in that one too.

Still under warning at 11:14 AM. Some damage being report, don’t know if there’s a touch down or not.


4 posted on 01/17/2012 8:26:28 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: bagman

Thanks, me either. Was in that one too.

Still under warning at 11:14 AM. Some damage being reported, don’t know if there’s a touch down or not.


5 posted on 01/17/2012 8:26:45 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

The Storm went by here about an hour ago. Wind was fierce.
Stay safe.


6 posted on 01/17/2012 8:26:49 AM PST by hoosiermama
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bagman
Hope all goes well - I don’t want a repeat of April 3, 1974.

Hope you all remain untouched!

For the curious, here is a great archive of coverage of the 4/3/74 tornadoes by WHAS (scroll down the page). Fascinating listening!

7 posted on 01/17/2012 8:32:30 AM PST by TonyInOhio ( Capabilities, not Intentions)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Foolishly, many towns and cities tore down their sirens. Too noisy when they went off every noon hour. Now there is a new awakening to their value. Not everyone is sitting in front of a radio, a TV set, or a computer waiting for weather reports. What better way is there to immediately notify an entire community of an impending threat. Personally, the siren’s single test blare at noon time in the small hamlet located a few miles from my country farm is music to my ears. There is a watchman looking out for me.


8 posted on 01/17/2012 8:32:33 AM PST by iontheball
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Stay safe!


9 posted on 01/17/2012 8:33:39 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper
Map updates approximately every 15 minutes:


10 posted on 01/17/2012 8:37:17 AM PST by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Biggirl
Thanks, Biggirl! CT sounds pretty good to me now! lol Just snapped this picture from the window of my house:
11 posted on 01/17/2012 8:40:00 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Elsie

Heads down, Elsie


12 posted on 01/17/2012 8:43:39 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

That is one of the dangers of wintertime in the south, the danger of tornados, just as it is in southern New England, in the summertime because of the heat and humitty, with the t-storms that come afterwards.


13 posted on 01/17/2012 8:44:16 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper; AFPhys; DaveLoneRanger

Tornado season starting already, eh?

Prayers up for FReepers in the area.....


14 posted on 01/17/2012 8:45:04 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Sirens are going off here in E-Town now.


15 posted on 01/17/2012 8:46:20 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Dangerous weather bump!


16 posted on 01/17/2012 8:48:09 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Stonewall Jackson

Many of my relatives came from E-town...stay safe. Still no all clear yet, but seems to be winding down here in the Middletown area.


17 posted on 01/17/2012 8:49:40 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

It’s 24º warmer in Lexingon, KY, which the front has not yet reached, than in St. Louis, where the front has already passed through. That says there’s a lot of energy in that line of storms.


18 posted on 01/17/2012 8:52:05 AM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: southernnorthcarolina

Very odd weather, for sure. Louisville getting reports of wind damage, but no confirmation of tornado touch downs. It should be hitting Lexington in about an hour.


19 posted on 01/17/2012 8:53:34 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

All clear called for the Louisville area—parts east will probably be getting it. A fast moving one for sure.


20 posted on 01/17/2012 8:58:23 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bagman

I lived at Fort Knox at the time, next to Ireland Army Hospital. I remember lots of medevac choppers coming in and out making runs to Brandenberg.


21 posted on 01/17/2012 8:58:41 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

A green metal tennis building (indoor building) on the Gene Snyder freeway is toast! It was on the Brownsboro exit on I-65.


22 posted on 01/17/2012 9:05:17 AM PST by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TonyInOhio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtLLfKNTy8o


23 posted on 01/17/2012 9:05:50 AM PST by WSGilcrest (/s)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Storm is just starting to reach us.


24 posted on 01/17/2012 9:09:31 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster

That was a bad day for Brandenburg. As I recall, about forty people were killed there.


25 posted on 01/17/2012 9:18:42 AM PST by bagman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: tcrlaf
We had tornado sirens at about 1 this morning here in mid-Missouri. Our weather radio came on and I thought someone had left the TV on down stairs...
26 posted on 01/17/2012 9:18:50 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: tcrlaf; POWERSBOOTHEFAN; se_ohio_young_conservative

ping


27 posted on 01/17/2012 9:29:18 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Stonewall Jackson

Hi Stonewall, keep us updated on Etown please.


28 posted on 01/17/2012 9:36:05 AM PST by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: bagman
My office-mate ended that experience looking up into the sky...

...out of the basement. His parents canceled checks were found in Ohio!

29 posted on 01/17/2012 9:40:54 AM PST by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Some reports from John Belski down in Louisville on his blog:
http://blogs.wave3.com/johnbelski_weatherblog/

“11:17 Air conditioning unit blown off the roof of the Brown Hotel downtown. Landed on Broadway. No reports of injuries”

“11:23 Power Plant workers at Clifty Creek, Madison, IN say they saw a tornado hit Madison”

“11:29 Report from Indiana State Police. Tornado crossed I-65 earlier at EXIT 4 with vehicles damaged. No reports of injuries. This is the Lewis and Clark Parkway exit.”

“11:35 12 inch diameter tree down Snyder Freeway at Westport Rd.”

Thats just some of the highlights….


30 posted on 01/17/2012 9:50:51 AM PST by Ektelon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TonyInOhio

Sadly, it’s hard to find coverage of that caliber these days. Most radio stations have eliminated their news departments, and their “programming” comes from a satellite feed, complete with voice-tracked DJs who pre-record their comments days or even weeks in advance.

When I lived in northern Mississippi (no stranger to severe weather), I walked out of Wal-Mart one stormy night, just as the tornado sirens blared. As I drove home, I turned the radio to a local station that I knew was voice tracked. Sure enough, the DJ said we could look forward to a “warm evening, with just a chance of isolated thunderstorms.”

Residents of northern Kentucky and southern Indiana are lucky to have a station like WHAS that has the staff (and inclination) to cover breaking news. But in much of the country, relying on local radio to warn you of severe weather can be a dicey proposition.

And what’s worse, much of the public pays little attention to weather warnings when they’re issued. That was one of the major findings from the Joplin disaster last year. Many residents continued with their usual routine, even as local broadcasters warned of the approaching storm, and the sirens wailed. In one case, a couple out for Sunday dinner became miffed when they were turned away from a restaurant which closed because of the tornado warning. They kept driving around until they found a restaurant that was still open. Never occurred to them to return home or seek shelter.

What was G.B. Shaw’s famous line about fools and Americans?


31 posted on 01/17/2012 10:04:06 AM PST by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: ExNewsExSpook

All stations should have EAS warnings that automatically trigger to notify the warned areas...of course that only plays through once per warning.

840 WHAS actually does not have its own weather staff - they tap into WAVE 3 and simulcast their TV severe weather coverage.


32 posted on 01/17/2012 10:12:22 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: bagman

Yes, it was that kind of a number.

Here, Wikipedia says 31:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Outbreak#Brandenburg.2C_Kentucky_tornado

It’s still the biggest tornado outbreak on record.


33 posted on 01/17/2012 10:22:09 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Ektelon

Thanks. Also a semi-truck blown off Synder Freeway. Apparently they are now saying we may had some brief touchdowns. About 17k without power.


34 posted on 01/17/2012 10:29:41 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

Here in Lyndon, it was much ado about nothing. The wind last night was a lot worse than this afternoon.


35 posted on 01/17/2012 10:43:04 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Tennessee Nana

We got almost an inch of rain since midnight, but not much wind. The weather alert radio blared about 6:10 this morning: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM alert.

It is calm here now, just a lot of dark grey skies to the south.

The ducks have an 80 gallon tub for a pond that is kept full by a downspout. (8’ X 40’ roof area) I guess it got flushed good!

I was out last night breaking the 3’ thick ice out of it before the rains came.


36 posted on 01/17/2012 10:49:57 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Stonewall Jackson

Please hang on! This sucker moves fast!


37 posted on 01/17/2012 10:52:47 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: WSGilcrest

Warnings can save lives.


38 posted on 01/17/2012 11:06:37 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: WSGilcrest

Warnings can save lives.


39 posted on 01/17/2012 11:06:44 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: ExNewsExSpook

PT Barnum said that you’d never go broke underestimating the intelligence of Americans.


40 posted on 01/17/2012 11:09:07 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: gidget7

Some branches down, but that is about it for E-Town. It looks like Louisville and Clarksville were clobbered by a couple of small twisters that damaged some buildings and knocked down a lot of trees and power lines.


41 posted on 01/17/2012 11:34:02 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster

I concur with a death toll of 31. That’s what the Courier-Journal says, and we know that it is never wrong.


42 posted on 01/17/2012 12:34:24 PM PST by bagman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

You were in that? Damn!

I can only imagine how scary it must have been.


43 posted on 01/17/2012 2:29:47 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat

I’ve always found it curious that EAS warnings air only once, when you consider the tune-out factor associated with most radio formats. For many stations, their audience literally changes every 15 minutes, so there’s a good chance that most listeners miss the initial warning. And, if it weren’t for EAS, most stations would never air the warning, given the number of outlets who use satellite programming and computer automation. After 5 pm, you can’t find anyone at your local station, except the computer.


44 posted on 01/17/2012 2:42:23 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I was actually a kid living in Frankfort at the time (but it was part of the entire storm system)—we got hit pretty hard too. My mother sent me outside to retrieve a hailstone as big as a softball. And on my way back, chimneys, parts of roofs, houses, trees, bricks, etc, started falling all around me. It was kinda like an artillery barrage! LOL


45 posted on 01/17/2012 8:28:52 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

That’s one hell of a hailstone!

I’ve never been in a tornado,knock wood.

Isn’t there an odd smell in the air brfore one hits?


46 posted on 01/17/2012 8:42:55 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: WKUHilltopper

I would imagine those sirens are ear-splitting.


47 posted on 01/17/2012 8:45:25 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

I have heard that the sky can turn sort of greenish when a tornado is near, if it is during the daytime.


48 posted on 01/17/2012 8:52:41 PM PST by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: Ditter

I think someone told me that there’s an odd smell in the air.


49 posted on 01/17/2012 9:10:34 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Future Meteorologist.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Have you ever smelled a rain storm? Summer rain will produce a strange smell, maybe that is what it is. My husband saw the greenish sky produced by a tornado when he was in college. He wasn’t in that tornado but he was close. He was in a tornado down on the Texas coast but it was at night.


50 posted on 01/18/2012 6:02:50 AM PST by Ditter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-53 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson