Southern Indiana Devastated by Tornadoes

Residents in Kentucky and southern Indiana are cleaning up after dozens of tornadoes touched down yesterday. Homes were demolished, and more than 20 people were killed. Some of the worst damage was in Clark County. In Marysville, the town’s post office and hardware store are still standing—but that’s about it. Only 10 miles away in […]

Churchill Downs Spring Meet Ends Today

The spring meet at Churchill Downs comes to an end today. It’s a spring meet that won’t soon be forgotten. Just under two weeks ago, a tornado ripped through the Churchill Downs backside, causing extensive barn damage but no injuries to people or the hundreds of horses stabled there. Spokesman John Asher says the heaviest […]

NWS: Tornado Struck Churchill Downs; Racing Resumes Friday

The National Weather Service says it was probably an EF-0 or EF-1 tornado that tore through Churchill Downs last night, damaging more than a dozen barns and other backside buildings, packing winds of up to 120 miles per hour. Spokesman John Asher calls it a miracle that no humans or none of the 1,400 thoroughbreds stabled […]

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 […]

UofL Expert Says National Warning System Should Be Better

The Director of the University of Louisville’s Center for Hazards Research says the high death toll from last night’s tornadoes is unacceptable. David Simpson says with modern technology and media, governments should be able to give people enough warning to reduce death tolls whenever possible. “I think there will always be cases where the event causes fatalities, […]

Mayor’s Office Says MetroSafe Audit Was Planned, Will Be Conducted

Even though MetroSafe officials say they’ve fixed any issues with the civil defense sirens sirens, the heads of the council’s Public Safety committee requested the audit. In a statement, councilmen James Peden and David James say there have been numerous concerns with MetroSafe, and an audit is long-overdue.

Following Last Week’s Failure, Louisville Tornado Sirens Sound During Drill

One week after civil defense sirens failed to sound during a tornado watch in Louisville, MetroSafe says all mechanical systems are functioning properly. According to MetroSafe executive Director Doug Hamilton all 123 sirens were working properly, though three did not sound due to power issues.

City Completes Review of Tornado Siren Failure, MetroSafe Supervisors May Be Disciplined

Disciplinary action could be taken against two MetroSafe supervisors who failed to manually sound alarms during a tornado warning Monday.

A recently-completed report from Louisville’s Emergency Management Agency and Metro Government concludes that a combination of technical and human errors kept the civil defense sirens from sounding.