SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. — The National Weather Service of Louisville (NWS) is launching an internal investigation into why no sirens sounded for the Stamping Ground tornado last week. It comes after the EF-1 tornado barreled through the small community in Scott County on Sunday.

What You Need To Know

  • The National Weather Service of Louisville (NWS) is launching an internal investigation as to why no sirens to warn residents of Stamping Ground tornado

  • Scott County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) has condemned 10 mobile homes in the Parkers Mobile Home Park

  • Jessica Hall, resident of Parkers Mobile Home Park lives across the street from neighbors homes that have been condemned

  • Hall’s power has been turned off by KU, forcing her to move to Bowling Green with family 

Jessica Hall, a resident of Parkers Mobile Home Park in the community of Stamping Ground, saw the EF-1 tornado with her own eyes. The Hall family lived through their worst nightmare.

Hall’s power has been turned off by Kentucky Utilities since the tornado and she doesn’t know when it will be safe to turn back on. Instead of waiting she’s moving herself and sons to Bowling Green to live with family.

Hall's family says they didn't hear one single tornado sign warning them to seek shelter. It wasn’t until the Hall’s son Nickolas Phillips looked outside and saw their neighbors home being twirled in the sky that they knew conditions were severe. 

The NWS in Louisville is launching an internal investigation to give Jessica Hall and many other families answers. John Gordon, a meteorologist with the NWS says the tornado was on the ground for less than a minute, it was so fast it was undetected.

“We get in between scans every three to four minutes but in between those this thing obviously happened in between scans, we had no reports. We are doing an interview review. I believe in open and honest government, I believe in no $100 toilet seats, we are going to be held accountable. We are doing a review and we will have answers in a couple of weeks,” said Gordon.

“I mean it’s got a giant hole on the inside of it now and around the side it’s not a whole lot of damage but it did lift up part of the area here where it tried to pick it up, thankfully it didn’t pick it up,” said Hall.

Hall’s son Nickolas Phillips remembers the tornado like it was yesterday. His window sits in plain view of his neighbors who lost their entire trailer due to landing on another trailer.

“I’m curious so I looked out of my window and I thought I was dreaming when it was up in the air,” said Phillips.

Phillips witnessed the EF-1 twister with his bare eyes, immediately after doing so he alerted his mother Jessica Hall and his older brother. Hall thought her son was hurt because of how shocked his facial expressions were.

“He was watching the trailer dance, where it had fallen right in front of his eyes,” said Hall. 

The Hall family wasn’t dreaming at all, his family saw the tornado before they heard sirens. They escaped the tornado with no injuries but are deeply worried about their neighbors in the hospital.

“We didn’t know it was happening until it was actually taking place and the twister was already on the ground, trailers were already up in the air. There was nothing you could do but pray,” said Hall. 

“It would’ve given us time to get out, it would’ve given my neighbors time to get out and not be injured,” said Hall.

NWS Louisville says they’re taking full responsibility for the lack of sirens. They plan to bring in more meteorologists during severe weather, especially tracking into the early morning when most people would be asleep. Michael Hennigan serves as the director of the Scott County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), they work closely with NWS Louisville during severe weather threats.

“Bottom line is the storm was on the ground for less than sixty seconds. There was no way to really predict unless it showed up on the radiator and even looking back radar knowing what we’re looking for it’s very hard to pick up that storm spinning up an EF-1 tornado,” said Hennigan.

Hall wants answers now because she’s fearful for her family of more severe weather threats.

“Especially with having kids, cherish your loved ones, tell them everyday. I don’t care how mad, upset you get at somebody, tell them everyday you love them because in a heartbeat, something like this can happen and you don’t know if you’re going to get that opportunity again,” said Hall.

Hall has that opportunity and with no signs of her power being turned back on she’s left with the only option to move in with family in Bowling Green. 

NWS Louisville will be working with the Scott County Emergency Agency (EMA) for the internal investigation, they hope to provide answers to the public within a month.