High winds ripped through the Louisville area last week, causing significant damage across the city, including the Seminary campus.
On Tuesday evening, January 29, an unusual storm passed along the Ohio River. Later that week, weather service officials confirmed that F-1 tornadoes (about 72-112 miles per hour) had touched down in parts of Louisville and southern Indiana, including the campus of the University of Louisville, the City of St. Matthews, and the City of Anchorage. Many homes and businesses sustained significant damage and power outages.
Several old trees on the Seminary campus were uprooted and toppled over, including one behind Nelson Hall, which fell onto a car owned by a student and shattered one of the upper floor windows of the building. The car was totaled.
No one on the campus was injured. Some campus buildings were without power through Thursday. This was somewhat of a concern as temperatures plummeted to the upper teens following the storm system.
Cleanup on the campus commenced immediately as the Facilities department coordinated a comprehensive effort to return campus roadways to normal. Following several days of buzzing saws, the Seminary campus has been readied for the first day of classes, which begin this week.
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