Tornado Watch Issued for Central North Carolina Until Midnight

 May 24, 2017

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:  Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President, Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:  Tornado Watch Issued for Central North Carolina Until Midnight

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for central North Carolina, including Durham County, until midnight.

A 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.

In the event of a tornado warning, which indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar, we will send a text and email notification to students, faculty and staff.  If the warning area includes Duke’s main campus, the sirens will also be activated along with text and email notifications to direct individuals to seek shelter immediately. 

Please eview your department emergency plans and ensure that faculty and staff members know where to seek shelter in your facilities if a tornado warning is issued that includes Duke’s main campus.

For more information about Duke’s emergency response plan for tornados, visit the DukeALERT website. Thank you for your assistance in communicating with faculty and staff to help Duke maintain essential services and operations in the event of severe weather.