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Police evacuate Churchill Downs infield due to weather

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Friday's weather caused officials at the track to evacuate some race fans.

Race fans at Churchill Downs didn't let the rain or lightning put a damper on their fun, especially for the people who were in the infield and were being encouraged to evacuate.

As word spread throughout Churchill Downs that bad weather was approaching, authorities started getting ready, especially in the infield.

We're evacuating the track, because they're telling us we have to leave because the weather conditions," says Bobby Hall of Pittsburgh.  

"We're packing up and leaving. They told us we have to go back in the Grandstand," says Greg Fowler of Chicago.

People scrambled to take down tents and pack up their items, to take shelter.

Many of them headed toward the tunnels, to wait out the storm.

As the rain came down, lightning was the main worry. Some fan found shelter wherever they could, including under tents and in bathrooms, and kept up with the weather on their phones.

"We are standing under the enclosed ATM area, because the storm, according to our radar is supposed to pass quickly," says Jennifer Gast of Louisville.

Officials tell us they had the evacuation plan in place just in case there were to be bad weather.

With the lightning and rain, they didn't take chances.

Many race fans waited it out, determined not to let the weather ruin their Oaks Day.

"It's expected in the Derby and Oaks to be showers. You just take cover and wait for them to pass and go on about your Derby Day and Oaks Day," says Sara Carpenter of Louisville.

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