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.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
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...
OAK PARK AND CLARKSVILLE...
UTICA AND RIVER BLUFF...
ORCHARD GRASS HILLS AND BROWNSBORO...
Hope all goes well - I don’t want a repeat of April 3, 1974.
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.
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.
The Storm went by here about an hour ago. Wind was fierce.
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!
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.
Heads down, Elsie
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.
Tornado season starting already, eh?
Prayers up for FReepers in the area.....
Sirens are going off here in E-Town now.
Dangerous weather bump!
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.
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.
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.
All clear called for the Louisville area—parts east will probably be getting it. A fast moving one for sure.
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.
A green metal tennis building (indoor building) on the Gene Snyder freeway is toast! It was on the Brownsboro exit on I-65.
Storm is just starting to reach us.
That was a bad day for Brandenburg. As I recall, about forty people were killed there.
Hi Stonewall, keep us updated on Etown please.
...out of the basement. His parents canceled checks were found in Ohio!
Some reports from John Belski down in Louisville on his blog:
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 .
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?
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.
Yes, it was that kind of a number.
Here, Wikipedia says 31:
It’s still the biggest tornado outbreak on record.
Thanks. Also a semi-truck blown off Synder Freeway. Apparently they are now saying we may had some brief touchdowns. About 17k without power.
Here in Lyndon, it was much ado about nothing. The wind last night was a lot worse than this afternoon.
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.
Please hang on! This sucker moves fast!
Warnings can save lives.
Warnings can save lives.
PT Barnum said that you’d never go broke underestimating the intelligence of Americans.
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.
I concur with a death toll of 31. That’s what the Courier-Journal says, and we know that it is never wrong.
You were in that? Damn!
I can only imagine how scary it must have been.
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.
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
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?
I would imagine those sirens are ear-splitting.
I have heard that the sky can turn sort of greenish when a tornado is near, if it is during the daytime.
I think someone told me that there’s an odd smell in the air.
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.
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