Breaking Down the Events of the Macroburst

People are concerned why they didn't hear sirens during the May 9 macroburst.
People are concerned why they didn't hear sirens during the May 9 macroburst.

As Chief Meteorologist Wayne Hart explained, the storm hit so quickly that sirens may not have been heard.

Eyewitness News spoke to the Emergency Management Agency of Vanderburgh County and the City of Evansville.

EMA Director Cliff Weaver breaks down the events of what happened.


4:00 p.m. Thunder storms from Illinois reported weakening by local news media heading to the Evansville area. No warning for Indiana areas.

4:23 p.m. NWS Paducah Update social media with new advisory and map "Potential for local Damaging Winds"

4:28 p.m. NWS Paducah starts receiving Storm Spotter reports from the Evansville area reference strong winds.

4:29 p.m. Vanderburgh EMA shares NWS Paducah update on social media with new advisory and map.

4:31 p.m. Storm Spotter reports trees down on west side.

4:31 p.m. Evansville/ Vanderburgh Central Dispatch starting receiving numerous 911 reports of storm damage.

4:33 p.m. NWS Paducah issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Vanderburgh County

4:35 p.m. Vanderburgh EMA reports several trees and poles lines/poles down to NWS Paducah directly

4:36 p.m. EVV Airport reports wind gust of 89 MPH to NWS Paducah and evacuates Control Tower

4:51 p.m. NWS Paducah cancelled the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Vanderburgh County

5:35 p.m. NWS Paducah cancelled the Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Warrick County


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