Crews prepared even as storms weaken over Central Kentucky

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The skies were gray and the weather maps were lit up with color.

"Because of the potential of some weather related activity, we activated here a level two at our new Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center," explained Mike Jones, Acting Director of the Emergency Management.

This is the first time these crews are using their new, high-tech facility for severe weather, and they expect to be there for some time on Sunday.

"This weather is supposed to go on till probably 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. We just have to be careful," said Jones.

"We've already had tornadoes on the ground in the western part of the state. So, everything is set up to move east across Kentucky through the rest of the afternoon and evening," added Joe Sullivan, the Weather Service's Warning Coordinator Meteorologist.

While much of the severe weather stayed to the far west and outside the heart of the Bluegrass, it doesn't mean the level of "alertness" was for naught.

"Because Kentucky being an east to west state, as far as our geographic location, it will spread across the whole state. So, we'll get some severe weather one way or the other," said Jones.

"Anytime you have a high risk of severe weather, which is what we have just to the north of us, it's a concern any time you're near it," Sullivan explained.

For these emergency operators, being prepared is far more important than waiting to see what happens.

"The last thing you want to do is wait until the sirens are sounding before you start looking for a place to take shelter," stated Sullivan.

"Don't think nothing will happen in my location, because something could happen," said Jones.

The Emergency Management called for a "level two" response, adding more personnel to keep an eye on the conditions, they said a "level three" response would've included calling in all state resources for action.

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