When severe weather threatens, it is important to have a plan to stay safe. Your plan should begin with an understanding of what the National Weather Service watches and warning mean. You should also know what to do in the event of severe weather, and where the designated safe areas on campus are located.
When a severe thunderstorm watch is issued, this means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of thunderstorms which could become severe.
There is typically no immediate threat. However, you should keep a radio, television, or weather radio nearby and be prepared to move to a safe location should weather conditions change.
When a tornado watch is issued, this means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms that could produce a tornado.
There is typically no immediate threat. However, keep a radio, television or weather monitor turned on. Be prepared to move to the safest location should weather conditions change.
Remember: sometimes tornadoes develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Remain alert for signs of an approaching tornado such as a dark, often greenish sky, large hail, or a loud roar similar to a freight train. If any of these conditions are observed, seek shelter immediately, whether a warning has been issued or not!
If a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, this means that a thunderstorm capable of producing hail, damaging winds, and dangerous lightening is occurring or is imminent.
When a warning has been issued, you should:
If you are caught outside during a severe thunderstorm, try to get inside a substantial building or hard-topped metal vehicle as fast as you can. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm!
If you aren't able to find shelter:
If a tornado warning has been issued, this means that the National Weather Service radar has detected rotation within a storm, a funnel cloud has been observed, or a tornado is actually on the ground.
When a tornado warning is issued you should:
During periods of heavy rainfall, there is always a potential for flooding to occur. You should: