Windstorm of September 14, 2008

On September 14, 2008, the remnants of Hurricane Ike combined with a cold front crossing the Ohio Valley to cause extremely strong surface winds to blow through the region. Hurricane-force wind gusts in Louisville felled countless trees and power lines. At one point, 60% of LG&E customers in the Louisville area were without power, with some folks to remain in the dark for up to a week. Minor damage occurred at Valhalla Golf Club just two days before the Ryder Cup was to begin, but was taken care of before the first tee-off.

Unfortunately, four fatalities occurred in the area due to falling trees and limbs.

Scientifically, this phenomenon resulted from very strong winds around 3000-6000 feet above the ground (50-80 mph), i.e., a low-level jet associated with and ahead of the remnants of Ike, being directed downward to the surface as surface heating (due to some sunshine) resulted in steep low-level lapse rates (temperatures decreasing rapidly with height from the surface to the level of these maximum winds). Such lapse rates allowed winds aloft to mix down to the surface causing the strong, damaging wind gusts. This phenomenon typically is common with severe thunderstorms, although in this case, there were no thunderstorms at all associated with the strong winds.

Below is a map of area wind gusts, followed by some damage pictures. If you have any photos you would like to contribute, please send them to w-lmk.webmaster@noaa.gov. Thank you!

map

 

The following four photos were sent to us by Jeanne Newton in Scottsburg, Indiana, in Scott County. Click on the image for a larger version.

gas station damage

lumber yard destruction

tree down on rr tracks

Pole down

Marathon Gas Station on North Gardner St Vail's True Value Lumber Shed on Railroad St McClain Avenue McClain Avenue

The following pictures were sent to us by Mike Howard. Click on the image for a larger version.

tree down

tree damage

tree splintered

tree damage

tree down

Barrett Hill Road at Sulgrave, Louisville Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville Carlimar Lane, Graymoor-Devondale Alta Avenue, Louisville

tree tilted

lots of leaves

sidewalk damage

pole damage

car crushed

Barrett Avenue and Beechwood, Louisville Boulevard Napoleon, Louisville Saratoga Avenue, Louisville Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville

tree crush

car and tree

Winter Avenue

a mess!

tree on road

Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville Taylorsville Road at Carolina, Louisville Winter Avenue, Louisville Wrocklage Avenue at Bardstown Road, Louisville Deer Park Avenue, Louisville

crushed

tree down

traffic

trees down

damage

In the Highlands section of Louisville Chenoweth Lane at Olympic Ave, Indian Hills US 42 in Indian Hills US 42 in Indian Hills Chenoweth lane at US 42, Indian Hills

boats

boats sunk

tree damage

tree damage

tilted tree

Louisville Boat Club Louisville Boat Club Pennington Lane in Mockingbird Valley Baxter Avenue, Louisville Baxter Avenue and Kentucky, Louisville

Prospect

Seneca park

Seneca Park

tree damage

Lyndon
Roof damage in Prospect Seneca Park, Louisville Seneca Park, Louisville Hycliffe Ave at Thompson Ave, Saint Matthews Lake Springs and Dorsey Lane, Lyndon

Glenview

Plantation

Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage

Brittany Valley Road, Glenview Westport Road, Plantation Bellewood Drive, Anchorage Creel Lodge Drive at Osage Road, Anchorage Creel Lodge Drive, Anchorage
Anchorage Anchorage

Stay away! 

daNGEROUS   tree down
Evergreen Road at Log Cabin Lane, Anchorage Owl Creek Lane, Anchorage  River Road at Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek River Road at Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek Shadow Wood, Harrod's Creek
big tree a mess lines down nitta yuma nitta yuma
Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek Wolf Pen Branch, Harrod's Creek Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek Wolf Pen Branch and Nitta Yuma, Harrod's Creek
more lines down Prospect more Prospect damage    
Wolf Pen branch at River Road, Harrod's Creek Mayfair and River Road, Prospect River Road at Hays Kennedy, Prospect    

The following three pictures were sent to us by Mika Thomasson from the Univeristy of Louisville's Belknap Campus:

U of L U of L U of L

 

The following photos were shared with us by Wade Bell:

fence bleachers hard work Leavenworth, Indiana terrible aim Look!  I'm helping!
Crawford County Crawford County High School, English Leavenworth, Indiana Leavenworth, Indiana Mount Sterling, Indiana Lending a paw...

 

Here are some photos of the damage in Marengo, Indiana, courtesy of Michael Curran:

Marengo, Indiana Marengo, Indiana Marengo, Indiana Marengo, Indiana


The following photos were sent to us by Alan Stewart, and were taken in the Corydon area:

hotel damage tree down Allison Lane Capitol Avenue gas station
IN 135 IN 337 Allison Lane Capitol Avenue Capitol Avenue
Chestnut Street Corydon cemetery Old IN 135 at Shiloh Road Walnut Street
Chestnut Street In Corydon Hill Street Old IN 135 at Shiloh Road Walnut Street


Here are a couple of pictures from around Georgetown, Indiana, taken by Lori Miller:

 

Georgetown, Indiana power pole down
Georgetown Junction of routes 11 and 64


These next three pictures were taken in Fairdale by Larry Coppala:

crews working to get the power back Power pole on the ground

 

The winds hit Pekin, Indiana, too, as documented by Hack Albertson:

power pole snapped big tree down shed damaged


Here are some shots from Valley Station, courtesy Samantha Hill:

 

Valley Station

Valley Station

Valley Station

Valley Station

Valley Station


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