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Churchill Downs,Home of The Kentucky Derby Hit By Tornado!

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posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:58 AM
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Two of the most hard hit areas are Jeffersontown and the area around Churchill Downs.

High winds damaged nine barns on the Backside at Churchill Downs. Nearly 100 workers that live in the barns and 100 horses are displaced due to the roofs being ripped of off the buildings. No injuries have been reported for people or animals.

The horses have been moved to stables at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The American Red Cross is helping displaced workers.

"We've never had damage at the track quite like this. It surprised everybody in this community," John Asher, Churchill Downs, said.

Racing has been canceled Thursday and is expected to resume Friday.


Also, some photos:

www.whas11.com...

Looks like about fifty some odd photos of last night's storm at this link.

I overslept so I didn't make it out this morning, I have to go out this afternoon, so if I see any damage I will snap a picture.




posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:03 PM
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Hi,Hotbakedtater.
Didn't get a chance to go view the damage today as I have been working
at the Horseshoe casino,fixing all the escalators from the recent flooding.
Thanks for posting those links,I'm sure we will see plenty on the news here shortly.



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:10 PM
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Maybe the government is manipulating the weather to create jobs!
It got me a job,and many others.
Just a thought.

Anyways,there were 3 confirmed tornadoes here,EF1 and EF2.



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:30 PM
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Wow,so we made it on RSOE EDIS.
These tornadoes formed from a rainstorm.
No thunderstorms,no lightening.
Very strange,indeed.


A powerful storm that ripped through the Louisville, Kentucky, area left thousands of people without power and forced the closing of the internationally famous Churchill Downs racetrack on Thursday. The National Weather Service said damage from the Wednesday night storm, which also struck the University of Louisville campus, likely resulted from a tornado. However, weather service meteorologist Ryan Sharp said that cannot be confirmed until a storm survey is completed later Thursday. The storm also spawned flash floods that left two motorists stranded in their cars amid the rising waters, according to CNN-affiliate WAVE. They were rescued by firefighters, the Louisville television station reported. About 8,500 customers lost electricity, according to Louisville-Jefferson County emergency officials. In a prepared statement released early Thursday, Churchill Downs announced that the horse track would be closed all day for racing and training because of damage left behind by the storm. However, the track's training facility, Trackside Louisville, was not damaged and will remain open, the statement read. Churchill Downs also said it had contacted the Red Cross about finding temporary shelter for 100 stable-area workers whose living quarters "were damaged or compromised by the strong winds." Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby. "Nine barns suffered significant damage as a result of the storm, which reportedly produced tornadoes in the metro Louisville area," the statement read. Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said no one was injured, including any of the 1,400 horses stabled at the facility. However, track officials early Thursday were preparing to relocate as many as 150 horses. Rogers said the horses may need to be moved because of the possibility that the storm had left nails on the ground, which could injure the animals. Buddy Rogers, a spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management said his agency had not received reports of injuries at the racetrack or elsewhere.


hisz.rsoe.hu...



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:31 PM
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Originally posted by kdog1982
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Hi,Hotbakedtater.
Didn't get a chance to go view the damage today as I have been working
at the Horseshoe casino,fixing all the escalators from the recent flooding.
Thanks for posting those links,I'm sure we will see plenty on the news here shortly.

Youre welcome! I took a quick spin around my neighborhood, up mellwood, up river road a bit, not a thing but some pooling water. It looks like there was not that much damage.

me and the sis got really pissed watching Jay Cardosi on wlky, He just had to 'go there' and mention JOPLIN, whre nearly half the city was wiped away. This was no Joplin, and I am sick and tired of these clowns fear mongering just to justify the expensive weather equipment the station bought.



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:37 PM
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Be on watch fellow Kentuckians,same thing may happen to the south of Louisville tonight.
Be safe and be vigilant
Keep an eye on the sky and the weather news.You never now where something may
come your way..



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 04:42 PM
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I hear you on the fear mongering.
When there is even a chance of something going to happen,the weather guys are on all night!!



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 08:57 PM
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edit on 23-6-2011 by kdog1982 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 09:00 PM
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Thank goodness no one was killed when it hit Churchill Downs and all the horses are safe. Those are some beautiful animals to waste like that. Everybody stay safe out there.




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