WEATHER ALERT: UNCW, Surrounding Areas Under a Wind Advisory; Monitor Severe Weather Forecast for the Wilmington Area Tonight, Early Thursday

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

UNCW and surrounding communities are under a wind advisory with a tornado watch for counties to the west and south, according to the National Weather Service. A watch indicates that weather conditions may produce severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In the event of a tornado warning for the UNCW area, UNCW Alert will be utilized to activate sirens and send text message warnings. A warning means that severe weather is imminent and you should seek safe shelter immediately.

The university is monitoring the severe weather expected to affect the Wilmington area Wednesday night (April 5) through early Thursday (April 6).  The storms may feature high winds, hail, flash floods and dangerous lightning. At this time, no changes are planned to the university’s operating schedule. Updates will be provided as conditions warrant.

Please monitor the National Weather Service for forecast updates as well as severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings.  As always, please exercise caution during weather events. See below for a list of potential hazards.

Additional updates will be posted on UNCW’s Facebook and Twitter sites. Monitor your campus email inboxes; messages with a reference to the weather in the subject line merit careful review. These sources will contain the latest information available to university officials. Please do not reply to this message. This inbox is not monitored for weather-related inquiries.

The UNCW Alert site and Emergency Information Hotline – which can be reached at 910.962.3991 or 888.657.5751 – may, in some emergency weather conditions, serve as a backup for information sent via campus email and shared via social media. The latest information will appear via those channels first.

Potential hazards of severe thunderstorms:

  • downed tree branches;
  • flash floods, particularly in roadways and other areas that flood;
  • slick surfaces, particularly on steps and walkways;
  • and debris.

Safety awareness information:

  • Do not attempt to drive through standing water.
  • Do not enter standing water on foot; significant risks of infection or electrocution may be present.
  • Be mindful of traffic impacts and proceed with caution and patience.
  • Indoors, stay away from windows and large open areas, like cafeterias or gyms, during severe weather.
  • If you are outside, take shelter in a sturdy building as soon as possible.
  • Learn more about severe weather safety at the NWS StormReady site or see UNCW-specific procedures on the Environmental Health & Safety website.

Thank you for your attention.