LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two weeks after nine tornadoes hit Louisville and surrounding counties, the National Weather Service warns to be prepared for more severe weather soon.
John Gordon with the Louisville office of the National Weather Service (NWS) said they finally determined the path of the Southeast Jefferson County tornado.
He said it first touched down on Beulah Church Road, then hit the Glenmary subdivision and finally stopped at Echo Trail Road.
Tiffany Meares lives in the Glenmary neighborhood and is thankful despite still picking up the pieces.
"It's just kinda a little bit of a mess and chaos, but we're settling in and getting a new norm until everything gets put back together,” Meares said. "I've lived through hurricanes, I've lived through tornadoes that have come close, but never hit us and you always think, ‘Oh no, it's never you.'"
But she's thankful her family and neighbors are all safe. She even made a shirt to commemorate the community pulling together, labeled ‘Glenmary Strong.’
Meares said insurance is covering all the damage - from the carpet, roof, garage and even groceries that went bad.
"We can rebuild and pick up and replace things, but you can't replace a person,” she said.
However, there is one item her three young sons would like replaced as soon as possible.
"Their biggest thing right now is to get the trampoline back up and going because it’s gone wrapped around the tree in the back somewhere,” Meares said, laughing.
Gordon said the tornado path in Jefferson County was a total of 7.2 miles. He said he originally thought it was 3.2 miles.
"Drones are a big help. I love my drones,” Gordon said. "I lost the tornado after Glenmary. The drone went up and I found some trees here and there and was able to connect the points onto Turkey Run.”
Gordon said the storms aren't over yet and he expects severe ones in May and early June. After nearly a decade of calm, he said he's noticed severe activity pick up.
"We get warm air with wind energy, anywhere east of the Rockies is susceptible,” he explained. Why we were quiet for 9 years, I don't really know why, but I'm thankful for that."
He hopes people continue to heed the warnings.
"Have a plan if you're at home. Have a plan if you're coming from church,” he said. “Whatever it is, have a plan."
A plan that can save you and your loved ones' lives.