Friday, May 26, 2006

Last Night’s Thunderstorms Were Deadly

Last night I wrote about the several lines of thunderstorms were approaching Louisville from the west. For the most part, the Louisville Metro area suffered little damage. I had some limbs fall on my deck (see photograph) from the tree in my neighbor’s yard and a friend reported that he could not get home last night because of a tree blocking a highway.

The Metro Louisville was fairly lucky; as of this afternoon, about 13,000 home are without electricity and a couple of roads remain blocked by downed trees.

That “luck” was not present throughout the area. A woman in Central Kentucky was killed when struck by lightening. In Tennessee, two 15-year-old boys were swept away by rushing fold water in a creek where they were swimming.

In Indiana, a truck was washed away by floodwaters; the body of a man who was in the truck has been recovered and a search continues for the man’s 4-year-old son and his father-in-law who were also in the truck.

In Kentucky, flood waters surged from a creek and washed away an automobile containing another with a 4-year-old—a little girl. In this situation, one again wonders about the laws requiring children to ride in safety car-seats: the report of the tragedy states man, a woman and the woman's 4-year-old daughter were in the car when the flood waters washed it into the creek. The driver was able to free himself and the woman from their seatbelts and to escape the automobile; however, neither of the adults was able to free the child from the car seat before the automobile was washed away.

Several years ago, the acquaintance of one of my friends was burned badly when he was unable to free himself from his seatbelt after a multiple car Interstate accident. Since hearing that story, I have placed a knife in my car that is within my reach—just in case.


  1. Smart move. Sad to hear all these stories bro... As a junior officer in the USA the even scarier stories are those generating overseas though. :(

    Keep up the good posts.

  2. So much tragedy. But I, very selfishly, am saying that I'm glad you're okay.