LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Severe storms moved through Kentuckiana Tuesday, with tornado warnings in several counties and scattered damage throughout the state and Metro Louisville. During the worst of the storms, JCPS students went into disaster mode just in case. Most of the storms had passed through by early afternoon and there were no early dismissals.
We spoke with JCPS spokeswoman Lauren Roberts, who told us that disaster drills were being conducted as a precaution as the storms moved through.
"First and foremost, we want parents to know that their children are safe," Roberts said during a phone interview around 11:30 a.m. "They are sheltering in place, which means they are following the drills that they have practiced in the event of severe weather.
"They are in the hallways, they are on their knees with their hands on their heads, as we remember doing when we were younger - we still continue doing those drills today so that we are prepared in the event of severe weather."
Roberts told us midday transportation was canceled for younger students.
"We have had to cancel our midday transportation of our early childhood students," Roberts said. "Any children that we still have in the schools that are younger who have been there since early this morning - we are holding them and we will be contacting their parents to make arrangements for them to get home."
Roberts says classes would be dismissed at the normal time with transportation provided as usual but some buses could be late depending on weather conditions and road conditions when school lets out. Parents will need to plan to take their children to after school programs on their own.
Bullitt County Public School spokesman John Roberts said afternoon preschool was canceled due to the severe weather. Roberts says any students who were already picked up would be returned home when weather conditions permitted. If no one is home to receive the student, they will be returned back to the school and will taken home on the elementary bus run.
Vince Luney with Louisville MetroSafe reported several downed power lines in Louisville, including some on Dixie Highway, Hikes Point and the west end.
Luney says a possible tornado sighting near the McAlpine Locks and Dam was actually a funnel cloud and not a fully formed tornado.
The storm follows a long dry spell during which the weather service has recorded less than 2 inches of rain in Indianapolis and Bloomington since Aug. 1. that has left most of Kentucky and southern Indiana under extreme or severe drought.
At one point, the storms were moving at 80 miles per hour, with winds at least that fast. So far, no major damage or injuries has been reported in the Louisville Metro area.