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U of L Students Displaced by Fire Have Temporary Housing, Classes Resume After 4 pm

A dozen University of Louisville students were displaced by a fire in their residence hall after lighting struck the building early Tuesday, but officials say the building can house the students in other rooms until a more permanent solution is found.

Providence, the privately-run student housing complex located near U of L’s Belknap Campus, caught fire but no students were injured, officials said. Nearly two dozen students were affected and Providence officials said half of the displaced students had renters insurance.

The Red Cross responded to the incident and provided assistance, said U of L President James Ramsey.

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Louisville Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch; Oaks Post Time Now 6:20

Update: 5:20 pm: Churchill Downs has moved the Oaks post time at 6:20 pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watchfor Louisville and the surrounding area until 10 pm. The NWS says to expect wind gusts up to 60 mph and excessive cloud-to-ground lightning between 5 and 6 pm.

The weather caused the LMPD to evacuate the infield briefly around 4:30 pm, however crowds returned after police gave the all clear.

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Henryville Schools Receive Waiver for Academic Calendar, Tests

West Clark Community Schools has been granted a waiver from tacking on days to the end of Henryville’s elementary and high schools’ academic year following last month’s storms.

Nearly 1,300 students missed several weeks of class following the March 2 storms. All students are now back in class in new temporary locations, but the waiver means they won’t have to make up days missed.

Assistant superintendent John Reed, who has been speaking on the district’s behalf, said with the waiver students may fall behind in class, but the emotional relief is worth it.

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Weather Service Confirms Tornado Touched Down in Jefferson County

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Jefferson County earlier this afternoon.

The twister brought winds of 105-110 miles per hour to southeast Jefferson County, damaging homes and knocking out power for thousands of residents.

As of 5:00, under 1,000 homes and businesses were without power. Full restoration is expected within an hour.

Another line of showers is expected to pass through Louisville tonight, but the weather service does not expect any more severe storms.

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Power Restoration Will Take Days Following Severe Storm

Louisville Gas and Electric and Metro Government crews are assessing the damage caused by Saturday night’s severe storm.

A brief but strong storm swept through the area shortly before 6 pm. Hours later, more than 120,000 LG&E customers in Jefferson County were without power. That’s roughly one third of all households. As of 10:45 pm, nearly 109,000 LG&E customers in Jefferson County were without power. Nearly 35,000 Duke Energy customers in southern Indiana lost power at the height of the outages. At 10:45 pm, nearly 32,000 were without power. (LG&E outage mapDuke outage information)

LG&E Senior Vice President Chris Hermann says it will take days to restore electricity, but the situation is not as bad as it was during the wind storm of 2008 or the ice storm of 2009.

“Well it’s too early to tell, but I think, based on the information we have, the highest winds we had were in the 69-70 mile per hour range. That’s much lower than we had when we had the Hurricane Ike. We had a greater umber of outages then. We had a far greater number of wire downs. So, relatively speaking, this is a lower order of magnitude, but still a very serious situation,” he says.

Additional crews were called in after the storm to help with power restoration.

“We have people coming in from Tennessee, Indiana, northern Arkansas, and we’re bringing in all our resident contractors, so we’re ramping up very quickly,” says Hermann.

When asked whether the third severe outage in as many years is reason enough to begin burying power lines, Hermann said that conversation is premature. After the ice storm, the company determined it wouldn’t be worth the cost to bury lines, and buried lines would not prevent all outages.

An LG&E spokesman says, as with previous outages, the company will seek a rate increase to recoup the cost of repairs.

Downed power lines at Blankenbaker Parkway caused I-64 to be closed.

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Isolated Strong Storms Cause Some Damage Wednesday Evening

Isolated strong storms swept through Louisville this evening with at least one suspected tornado touching down near Churchill Downs and the UofL football stadium.

There has been damage reported to some of the barns at Churchill downs but no injuries have been reported. Churchill Downs has announced that there will be no races on Thursday due to damage from the storm.  There are several downed power lines on Central and Floyd Streets.

LG&E is reported around 7,000 outages across the city at 9:30 pm.

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FEMA Opens Disaster Center in Louisville

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a temporary office in Louisville.

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center will help residents apply for federal grants or loans to repair or replace property that was damaged in recent storms and floods.

Louisville Metro Government did not qualify for federal aid for disaster relief, but home and business owners may apply.

The center is at 401 south 5th Street and will be open Monday through Friday until June 7th. Another center has opened in Hardin County.

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Visualizing Storm Damage

We’ll hear about the devastating storms that swept through the south on today’s Here and Now. To give a scale to the disasters, NPR points to this map from the National Weather Service. Blue dots represent high winds. Green dots represent hail. Tornadoes are red.

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Beshear, Whitfield Discuss Flood Damage

by Angela Hatton and Lisa Autry, Kentucky Public Radio

U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield is on a tour of western Kentucky counties affected by flooding and storms. The Congressman visited Calloway County this morning and spoke with Murray Mayor Bill Wells about severe damage from Monday night’s storms. Whitfield says they also spoke about federal grants for cleanup efforts.

“Times like this when the Governor’s making decisions about disaster areas and president Obama’s involved in that as well, I just want to be sure to touch base with the mayors, county judges, the emergency responders, just to see if there’s any way we can assist as they try to recuperate from all of this weather damage,” he says.

Whitfield plans to tour between 10 and 12 counties today in far western Kentucky. He says he’ll discuss the trip with Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul when he gets back to Washington.

Governor Steve Beshear says he’s anxious to see the damage around Murray and Paducah, but a fly-over will have to wait.

“The National Guard advised me to stay on the ground until this latest front passes,” he says. “And it probably won’t get out of here until late tonight or early tomorrow morning.”

Damage assessments are being conducted, but the total extent won’t be known until the waters recede. Beshear says he expects to ask for a presidential disaster declaration.

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Some Schools Affected by Last Night’s Storms

After last night’s storms, New Albany/Floyd County schools are closed today. Floyd County Head Start is also closed. Greater Clark County Schools is running 2 hours late today.

While we’re at it, as of 7 a.m., about 6,200 LG&E and KU customers are without power. Duke Energy reports about 9,000 customers without power in the metro area.

LG&E/KU Storm Center
Duke Energy Storm Info
WAVE 3 School Information