Tornadoes confirmed in 2 KY counties

Tornadoes confirmed in 2 KY counties
Tornadoes confirmed in 2 KY counties
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The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a tornado watch for the Louisville metro area until 10 pm Tuesday.

NWS meteorologist Brian Neudorff said the biggest concerns are tornadoes, wind gusts of up to 80 mph, and baseball-size hail.

Several damage reports across central and eastern Kentucky and two confirmed tornadoes were the results of the first round of weather Tuesday morning and stronger storms could be possible beginning in the early evening, according to the latest forecast from the weather service.

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a new Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson, Oldham, Henry, Shelby and Trimble counties until 7 pm

Multiple homes have been reported damaged in the Prospect area, according to Jessica Wethington, assistant director of public information for Louisville Metro Emergency Services.

Crews are on the scene right now to assess the homes’ damage. Other damage reports include downed wires and felled trees as well as two roofs blown off in the area.

Wethington said no injuries have been reported at this time.

The Indiana State Police reported two tractor trailers were flipped over on westbound Interstate 265 near the Lewis and Clark Bridge, resulting in minor injuries.

More than 12,000 LG&E customers have lost power as a strong storm system that has produced several tornadoes moved through the region early Tuesday evening.

According to the LG&E outage map, 2,563 customers in Jefferson County and 2,913 customers in Oldham County have lost electricity.

Crews are working as quickly as possible to restore power, according to the LG&E website.

The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado warning in Jefferson County, but the advisory continues for Oldham, Shelby and Henry counties.

A tornado has been confirmed near Coldstream moving east at 45 miles per hour. Coldstream is located about 15 miles from Louisville. Another storm capable of producing a tornado was also indicated near La Grange.

A tornado warning has been issued until 6 pm for Jefferson County in addition to other nearby counties of Oldham, Henry and Shelby.

A “large and extremely dangerous” tornado was located over Prospect, moving east at 45 miles per hour.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Louisville metro area, including Jefferson County and Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana, until 5:45 pm

The National Weather Service in Louisville also reported that two tornadoes, one 10 miles south of Vernon, Indiana, and one eight miles north of Madison, Indiana, were seen on the ground and moving east at 60 miles per hour. Jefferson County, Indiana is currently under a tornado warning until 5:30 pm

Many felled trees and torn roof on a fire station has been reported in Crawford County, Indiana as part of ongoing reports of weather damage.

Damage has been reported across several Kentucky counties as another wave of severe weather is expected to impact the commonwealth late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

In a statement, Gov. Andy Beshear said EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Anderson and Nelson counties during the first round of severe weather Tuesday morning.

“We have more severe weather on the way, and the most important thing we can do right now is make sure everyone has a plan to stay safe,” Beshear said. “We are grateful to those who are working to keep others informed – as well as our first responders and utility and transportation workers who are restoring power and clearing roadways.”

Beshear said damage has been reported in 19 Kentucky counties, including Jefferson County, and written disaster declarations have been received from Boyd and Greenup counties, along with the cities of Ashland and Catlettsburg in northeast Kentucky along the Ohio River. Verbal disaster declarations have also been received from Bourbon, Clark, Elliott, Jessamine and Kenton counties and the city of Villa Hill.

In a video message earlier Tuesday, Beshear said large portions of western Kentucky in the Jackson Purchase, which includes Ballard, Fulton, Graves and McCracken counties, among others, will be at the highest risk, though a large portion of the commonwealth could see damaging windy Tuesday night.

“This is the worst forecast that I have seen as governor, and that’s saying something,” he said.

More than 31,500 customers are estimated to be without power as of 3:50 pm

The entire Louisville metro area has also been placed under a Tornado Watch until 10 pm

Straight-line wind damage was confirmed in far southeastern Spencer County, including winds of up to 70-75 mph that damaged an old barn, according to the National Weather Service of Louisville.

“Several sections of the barn were thrown 40 yards on top of a Chevy Silverado,” according to the survey summary. “The owner of the property had just left to go inside his farmhouse next door by just a few minutes … Debris was thrown across Eggen Road, all facing to the southeast.”

Bellarmine University has also canceled in-person classes due to the increased weather risk, according to a post on X, formerly Twitter. Online classes will meet as scheduled

Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon in response to the damage caused by storms that passed through the commonwealth in the morning, according to a release from his office.

Beshear said he has heard several reports of damages throughout the state and many residents are without power, but there has not been word of any fatalities so far.

“We need all Kentuckians to stay weather aware as we brace for more severe weather throughout the afternoon and evening,” he said.

Beshear said the commonwealth’s anti-price gouging laws have been activated as residents prepare to clean up and emergency managers and other emergency personnel, including Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, have been deployed to affected areas to assist.

“We are thankful for all the first responders and transportation employees who are out there helping to clear roads and keep Kentuckians safe,” Beshear said.

The University of Louisville has canceled afternoon classes Tuesday due to the incoming weather.

University officials advised that clinic patients should call ahead to get the status of their appointments.

Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered all the Executive Branch state office buildings to be closed ahead of a second round of severe weather expected to impact the commonwealth Tuesday afternoon.

Executive Branch agencies will continue providing services and employees whose work is mandatory will remain on duty, according to a post from the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet on X, formerly Twitter.

Rain and snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Louisville.

According to the weather service, snow showers are possible Wednesday evening and Thursday before 11 am Here is the complete forecast:

Wednesday: Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 pm High near 50 degrees. West wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night: Rain showers before 2 am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Low around 36 degrees. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday: A chance of rain and snow showers before 11 am, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47 degrees. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

The National Weather Service in Louisville has preliminary determined that an EF-1 tornado with winds of 90 mph touched down outside of the town of Chaplin in Nelson County on Tuesday.

There have not yet been official reports of the extent of the damage in the area.

Gov. Andy Beshear urged residents to be Cautious due to downed trees and powerlines throughout the commonwealth.

Several districts in Southern Indiana have opted for early dismissal for students ahead of a second round of severe weather expected to impact the region Tuesday afternoon.

The following districts will dismiss early:

  • Signs Henryville School Corp.: Dismissing two hours early
  • Crawford County School: Dismissing at 1 pm
  • East Washington County Schools: Dismissing at 1 pm
  • Greater Clark County Schools: Dismissing at 12:30 pm
  • Jennings County Schools: Dismissing at 1:05 pm
  • North Harrison Community Schools: Dismissing at 12 pm
  • Scott County Schools – Districts 1 and 2: Dismissing at 1 pm
  • Springs Valley Community Schools: Dismissing at 1 pm
  • West Washington County Schools: Dismissing at 1 pm
  • Beth Haven Daycare: Dismissing at 12 pm

The Louisville Zoo also announced that its special Wild Lights event will be canceled Tuesday.

The University of Kentucky has also announced that all in-person classes after 12:30 pm have been canceled. All staff except those on designated Plan B are also dismissed at the same time.

The National Weather Service of Louisville issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 10:15 am for Lexington, Richmond and Nicholasville.

An estimated 2,286 people are without electricity service due to the severe weather passing through parts of Kentucky, according to the LG&E power outage map.

Strong thunderstorms will impact parts of Floyd, Harrison and Jefferson counties in Indiana and parts of Oldham, Jefferson, Bullitt, Hardin, Larue, Nelson and Meade counties in Kentucky.

Strong winds of up to 60 mph and hail are possible with the storm, the weather service said.

7:50 am: Tornado warning issued for Crawford, Harrison and Perry counties in Indiana, Meade County in Kentucky

The National Weather Service in Louisville has extended a tornado warning until 8:15 am for several Indiana counties as a storm that has produced at least one tornado moves through the area near Santa Claus, Indiana, and approaches the cities of Deuchars, Leavenworth and New Amsterdam.

According to the weather service, the storm is currently moving through the region at roughly 60 mph and is approaching the downtown Louisville area.

Louisville weather radar

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