Kentucky Tornado Death Toll Climbs to 20; Daniels Declares Emergency in S. Indiana

State officials say 20 people are now confirmed dead from Friday’s tornado outbreak that tore through communities across Kentucky. More than 300 are injured. Gov. Steve Beshear and other officials toured the devastation Saturday. “The scope and magnitude of devastation in some of our communities is unlike anything I have ever seen,” Beshear said. “I’ve […]

In Tornadoes’ Aftermath, Relief and Cleanup Underway

People across Kentucky and southern Indiana have begun the process of cleanup and repair from Friday’s massive tornado outbreak that killed more than 30 people in the two states, injured scores of others and left widespread destruction. The Red Cross’s Vicki Eichstaedt has been helping coordinate relief efforts in the devastated community of Henryville, Indiana. […]

Indiana Death Toll Rises; Daniels To Survey Damage Saturday

The death toll from Friday’s tornadoes that tore across southern Indiana is at least six,  according to various reports.    The state Department of Homeland Security says three of the fatalities occurred in Jefferson County, Indiana, with one recorded in hard-hit Henryville. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will visit the storm-ravaged area Saturday morning.   He issued this […]

Beshear Declares State of Emergency

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide state of emergency in response to Friday’s severe weather that caused damage in several counties. Beshear says a statewide declaration will give local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and recovery efforts. The Kentucky Emergency Management Agency says the storms caused destruction in Pendleton, […]

Severe Weather Arrives In Region

Severe weather has begun moving through the Ohio Valley region, as tornado warnings or watches have been posted for counties in western and central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Several funnel clouds have been spotted in southern Indiana. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Forecasters say there’s a strong likelihood that severe thunderstorms […]

Severe Weather Likely For Louisville Area Today

The Louisville area is braced for another round of severe weather today. The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening and could produce damaging winds, large hail and possible tornados throughout the area. Cooler conditions are expected for the rest of the weekend, with highs Saturday only in the upper […]

Today on Here & Now

As many as 20 tornadoes raked western Massachusetts last night – causing a lot of damage. In what is rapidly becoming The Tornado Report, we’re going to get an update from the scene today. Arts writer Thomson Smillie joins us for some analysis of the Louisville Orchestra’s reorganization plan and what the future could hold […]

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, […]