Storms wreak havoc in Kentuckiana

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 23 at 9:38 AM

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Mother Nature put on quite the show for fair-goers Friday night, but the heavy rain and lightening also caused a few precautionary evacuations.

“We've evacuated the stadium where we've doing a free concert. We have announced that we prefer everybody be indoors and stay indoors until we provide an all clear which is part of our emergency plan,” said Rip Rippetoe, President and CEO Kentucky State Fair Board. 

Rippetoe says because of the severe lightening they decided to ask everyone to move inside. He says a deadly severe weather incident at the Indiana state fair a few years ago was a safety eye opener for many in the industry. 

"The great thing about Kentucky is it has one of the best inspection services and one of the best preventative services," said Rippetoe. 

While the concert and rides reopened around 9:00 o'clock for the fair, some area high school football games were postponed until Saturday. 

Central High School Principal Daniel withers says first the heat caused delays, then the lightening.

"Safety is our first concern for students, parents and people who are attending the game so we are trying to keep them safe," said Withers. 

Central High School game versus Manual has been rescheduled for 7:30 Saturday night at Central High School. 

 

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