Tornado Issued Watch for Triangle Area

 March 18, 2021

TO:Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration
RE:Tornado Issued Watch for Triangle Area

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Durham County, including Duke's main campus and other Triangle areas, until 9 p.m. Thursday.

The storm system moving from the east could bring severe weather across central North Carolina, including tornadoes, hail and lightening.

A “tornado watch” means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. During a tornado watch, the weather service suggests that people should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. For more information about Duke's emergency response plan for tornadoes, visit the Duke Emergency Management website.

A "tornado warning" indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar. In the event of a “tornado warning” that includes Duke's main campus in Durham, Duke officials will activate the sirens on campus and send a text and email notification to faculty, staff and students directing them to seek shelter immediately.

Members of the Duke community who have not registered for text messaging can find instructions on the Duke Emergency Management website.

Additional updates will be communicated as needed.