Tornado Watch Issued for Central North Carolina

A strong storm is expected to pass through the Triangle area Sunday afternoon and evening

Alert
Officials are monitoring a winter weather system affecting central North Carolina.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Durham, Wake and surrounding counties for Sunday afternoon and evening due to a strong storm that may bring damaging straight-line winds, large hail, torrential downpours that may cause localized flooding, and possibly an isolated tornado.

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, Duke officials 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.

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

A host of events and activities are planned on Duke’s main campus as part of Reunion Weekend. Officials have taken precautions around planned outdoor activities for this afternoon and evening.