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Forecastle Fest continues despite evacuation

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Fans at the Forecastle Festival were temporarily forced to evacuate the grounds on Saturday. Fans at the Forecastle Festival were temporarily forced to evacuate the grounds on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fans at the Forecastle Festival were temporarily forced to evacuate the grounds on Saturday because of a threat for severe weather.
 
The threat of high winds was enough for festival organizers to make the call to evacuate around 4:30 p.m.  
 
Holly Weyler, a spokesperson for Forecastle, thought it better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a severe weather event. "With a site like ours there is a lot of metal, lot of heavy equipment," she said. "So we're going to err on the side of caution every time to make sure that our fans are safe and for them the safest thing is going to be to be outside of festival gates."

Organizers of Forecastle said safety is their top priority. When putting together an outdoor music festival, they said it is important to think of previous tragedies and plan to not repeat them.
 
Almost two years ago, seven people died and 58 others were injured when strong winds caused a temporary structure to collapse during an outdoor concert at the Indiana State Fair. During the Sugerland concert, the stage collapsed on top of spectators. Forecastle organizers said as soon as they received the severe weather alert from the weather service, they reacted.
 
"Our security team reacted perfectly," said Weyler. "We've had this plan in place for a long time, we rehearse it. We all know what the drill is, and we're all ready to put it into action should severe weather strike."
Spectators were directed to find shelter outside of festival gates, some stood underneath trees and next to metal blockades. Fans were given permission to re-enter after 45 minutes to an hour. The concert schedule was pushed back by one hour but went on without glitches for the rest of the evening.
 
Forecastle continues Sunday. Music will start around 1 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.

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