NWS confirms five twisters in Kentuckiana

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that four tornadoes hit Louisville and one touched down in southern Indiana during Wednesday's severe weather. In Louisville, one twister hit at Churchill Downs and three more landed in Jeffersontown.

The EF-0 tornado that hit the track damaged seven barns and a chapel, as well as the living quarters of about 100 stable workers. Thursday's race card was canceled but Churchill officials said the track would be ready in time for Friday night's Downs After Dark.

In Jeffersontown, an EF-1 tornado packing winds of 95-100 miles per hour and struck about 9:27 p.m. approximately three miles from downtown J'town at the intersection of Nachand and Nachand Spring Lane, according to NWS leaders. It was on the ground for about four minutes and traveled about two miles to the intersection of Lisa Lane and Calais Avenue.

According to the NWS, at the start of its path, the tornado was an EF0 as it damaged shingles and siding and snapped Maple trees. At Orchard Lake Boulevard and Fallen Apple Lane trees were blown down or uprooted. The tornado moved into the Hurstbourne Woods subdivision and ripped a locked pool gate free and tossed it over a building and 35 yards downwind.

This location suffered the worst damage with gutters, siding and soffits ripped from buildings and deposited 30 yards away in trees.

Next a large oak tree was uprooted at 3705 Modesto Road and a trampoline was thrown into a Volkswagen and then over a house.

At 9407 Willow Wood Way there was roof damage and trees down. The tornado briefly made about a 25 degree turn to the northeast just before dissipating and causing more roof and tree damage at its end point.

The second tornado, an EF-2, touched down at 9:34 p.m. on the east side of St. Edward Catholic Church at 9610 Sue Ellen Drive and was on the ground about three minutes with 115 mile-per-hour winds.

According to a report from the NWS, that tornado moved along St. Edwards Drive causing roof damage to about a dozen houses while snapping and uprooting numerous trees. Damage was also observed on Charlene Way and Dell road.

At the corner of Maple and Galene Road, a large section of an Oak tree split off and was thrust into a wall of Tully Elementary School. There was also structural damage and roof damage at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home at 3500 Good Samaritan Way.

That's where NWS officials say two vehicles in the parking lot were thrown about 20 yards and flipped over.

The storm continued to the east and apparently lifted off the ground as the ground descended into a small valley including Ruckreigal Parkway. The tornado again caused damage on Electron Drive at the Dilliard's warehouse and Machinery Specialties warehouse. At these locations, the brick front face of each building was pushed out.

A large fence around the Dilliards warehouse was damaged and a security shack was flung approximately 30 yards. The tornado went aloft again on the south side of Electron Drive.

Thursday afternoon, NWS said that a third tornado, rated an EF-1 with wind speeds of 100 to 105 MPH, in Jeffersontown on the north side of Electron Drive at Ampere Drive, northeast of where the previous storm dissipated. An air handler was blown off the rook of JCK Enterprises and thrown 100 to 125 yards.

Further east on Electron, several businesses suffered structural damage to their roofs and sides. The most significant damage was at Oxmoor Collision Center. The building suffered damage to its steel framing and stucco. RBI Corporation, located next door to Oxmoor Collision, also had structural damage.

The NWS survey team also found more than a dozen uprooted and snapped trees in the area of Tucker Station Bed and Breakfast in the 2400 block of Tucker Station Road. The tornado lifted just east of Tucker Station Road before reaching the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265).

According to NWS, the third tornado as on the ground for three minutes and covered 1.7 miles. It had a width of 50 to 60 yards. No injuries were reported.

The NWS is still studying the path of the EF-0 twister that hit Churchill Downs. It is believed it may have gained enough strength to become an EF1 tornado before touching down on Floyd Street near Papa John's Cardinal Stadium toppling several utility poles.

The initial tornado seen in Harrison County, Indiana has also been confirmed. The NWS says the EF-0 tornado touched down at 7:27 p.m. about 1.5 miles southeast of New Middletown and had wind speeds of 75 to 80 MPH. it was on the ground for less than one minute and traveled  about 600 yards. Several trees were uprooted or snapped ina narrow area, but no structures were damaged.

There is a risk of severe weather again today after 3 p.m. Stay with WAVE 3 for continuing coverage of those storm chances as well as the aftermath of Wednesday's storms.

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