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Severe Weather

Winter weather Dangerous weather can include thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and winter storms. Stay alert to weather conditions and seek shelter if threatening weather approaches.

Weather advisories

  • A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Monitor the situation closely if the weather deteriorates.
  • A warning means severe weather has actually been observed and is imminent. Seek shelter immediately.

Weather warnings
Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado is approaching the area. City warning sirens will sound a tone (3 long wails) that a tornado is approaching and people should take shelter immediately. Emergency alerts will be sent to cell phones, campus email and campus telephones.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are issued by NWS when a thunderstorm is reported within our immediate area. Warning sirens sound a tone (3 long wails) that a thunderstorm is nearby and people who are outside should seek shelter inside. Emergency alerts will be sent to cell phones, campus email and campus telephones.

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Severe weather tips

  • Have a good flashlight on hand.
  • In a thunderstorm, no place outside is safe. A substantially constructed building offers the best protection. 
  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances and plumbing. 
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find safe shelter immediately.

A winter storm in Western North Carolina can last for several days and disrupt travel, utilities and other services.
Plan for the worst and have adequate clothing, food and water ready before it is needed.

Driving in winter weather is particularly treacherous during this time, where there is little snow-removal equipment available. Stay off the roads as much as possible.