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Severe Weather

Other Weather Related Incidents

UNCW has three active campus locations in New Hanover County- S.College Road (Main Campus), Myrtle Grove (Center for Marine Sciences), and Wrightsville Beach. To protect students, faculty, and staff at these locations, the UNCW siren will sound the alert tone for a tornado warning affecting any part of New Hanover County. The alert tone will sound every 30 minutes while the warning is active. An all-clear tone will sound when the warning is over.

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety recommends that all faculty, students and staff follow these guidelines and recommendations when there is a tornado warning in and around campus.

Go to an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).  If possible avoid sheltering in any room with windows.  For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). 

What to do when siren sounds

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety has tips to help you stay safe during heavy rainfall or flooding in and around the UNCW area.

The Wilmington area often experiences extremely hot weather during the summer. Please take special precautions to avoid heat-related illness in unusually hot weather when working outdoors or in unconditioned indoor environments.

Heat-related illness is preventable by following the guidelines and tips on these websites when working outdoors in hot weather.

National Weather Service
New Hanover County Emergency Management

Lightning and thunderstorms happen most often beginning in the afternoon, sometimes lasting overnight, starting late May through early September.  For more information about lightning safety, visit these links: