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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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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Louisville and the surrounding areas. It will be in effect until 10 pm.

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Louisville Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Louisville and the surrounding area until 3:30 pm.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect across the area until 9 pm.

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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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Teams Assess Individual Property Damage in Indiana

Individual homeowners and businesses are being assessed for damage following tornados that swept through southern Indiana last week.

Teams comprised of federal, state and local officials will soon provide a report to Gov. Mitch Daniels who is expected to declare Indiana a major disaster.

On Tuesday, teams began reviewing individual property damage, including businesses and homes, in four Indiana counties that were most affected by the storm. The report, expected to be delivered to Daniels in a matter of days, will not include insured homes, said Arvin Copeland, director for emergency response for Indiana’s Department of Homeland Security.

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Tornado Watch Issued for Jefferson County and Surrounding Area

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Jefferson County. It applies to many neighboring counties as well and will remain in effect until 1:00 pm.

The NWS has issued severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings for other counties in Kentucky. To see the full list of weather alerts, click here.

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Mild Winter Brings Welcome Respite and Mixed Blessings

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This winter could to go into the books as one of this region’s milder cold weather seasons.

The moderate conditions have been a welcome relief to most, but a mixed blessing to some.

You might think south Louisville hardware store owner Mike Girard has been taking a financial hit with slower sales this season of snow shovels, ice melt and sleds, but after 36 years in business, he’s accustomed to seasonal ebbs and flows.

“You can get the big spurts and have two or three or four days of weather and once you’re out of the stuff, you’re out of it, and that’s it. And usually it goes back to below par. So, while you’ll get a good spurt sometimes, in the long run, we’d much prefer to have a couple of months of mild weather and go straight into spring,” Girard said.

Girard says the drop in sales of winter items has largely been offset by a brisker business in building materials to contractors taking advantage of more outdoor work days.

So what’s causing the unseasonably mild winter? Meteorologist Tom Reaugh with the National Weather Service in Louisville says it’s the result of a cooling of waters in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, an event better known as La Nina.

“Typically, when we’re in a La Nina, the Ohio and Tennessee valleys experience winters that are warmer and wetter than normal. And indeed we’ve seen quite a bit warmer than normal temperatures this winter and a resulting lack of snowfall as well,” Reaugh said.

The Louisville area can get more than 15 inches of snow over a given winter, but the biggest storm of this season struggled to leave an inch on the ground, much to the dismay of sledders and snowman builders.

Jefferson County Public Schools shut down for two days this academic year because of weather, but that was in August, when high winds caused some power outages.

While Louisville’s Public Works Department has applied hundreds of tons of salt to roadways in anticipation of several snow events this season, spokeswoman Lindsay English says that’s a drop in the bucket compared to most years.

The department projects a savings of about $3.5 million, money that will help pay down the city’s budget deficit. Now, crews are getting a head start on road improvements.

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Thousands Without Power in Louisville, Restoration for Most Expected Tonight

Thousands of LG&E customers in Louisville are without power following severe weather late this morning.

According to LG&E’s outage map, about 1,400 Louisville homes and business have no power. Fewer than 1,000 homes and businesses in Indiana are without power.

LG&E plans to have power restored to most customers tonight, with the final few homes coming online tomorrow morning.

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Overnight Snow Expected, City Salting Roads for Morning Commutes

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Louisville and surrounding areas. Less than half an inch of snow is predicted, but the combination of precipitation, wind and cold temperatures is expected to make roadways slick for morning commutes.

Louisville Public Works officials tweeted around 9 pm that crews were salting roads in anticipation of more snow.

The weather advisory expires at 5 am.

 

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Hundreds of Area Residents Without Power Following Storms

Monday night’s severe storms knocked out power for nearly 2,000 Louisvillians.

The heavy winds and thunderstorms began around 9:00 and were brief. But after they passed over Louisville, residents across the city were without power. The heaviest outages were reported in the Park Hill and Seneca neighborhoods, though several LG&E customers elsewhere were also without power.

Several hundred Duke Energy customers in southern Indiana were also without power.