Durham Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 10 P.M. Tuesday

Primary hazards are expected to be damaging straight-line winds

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Durham County until 10 p.m. Tuesday. The primary hazards associated with strong storms are expected to be damaging straight-line winds, along with hail up to the size of a quarter and heavy rain that may lead to localized flooding.

Please take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of person and property. Duke officials are closely monitoring the storm. Should conditions escalate to include a tornado watch or warning, additional communications will be issued.

In the event of a tornado watch, the weather service suggests that people should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and watch for later statements and possible warnings. In the event of a tornado warning, which indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar, Duke will send a text and email notification to students, faculty and staff. If the warning area includes Duke's main campus, the outdoor sirens will also be activated along with text and email notifications to direct individuals to seek shelter immediately.

For more information about Duke's emergency response plan for tornadoes, visit the DukeALERT website.