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Ohio State campuses under severe weather threat

Students, faculty and staff should plan ahead

The Columbus and regional campuses of The Ohio State University are under the threat of severe weather, including hail, high winds and tornadoes, this afternoon and evening.

National Weather Service GraphicThe National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center warns a potentially substantial severe weather outbreak is possible today, including a few significant or long-track tornadoes, with the highest threat level concentrated over central Ohio.

Columbus, Mansfield, Marion and Newark are under a moderate risk level, the second highest level on the NWS rating system. Lima and CFAES Wooster are currently under an enhanced risk level, just below moderate.

All types of severe weather are possible, with a risk of strong tornadoes this afternoon.

If you are outside when a tornado warning is issued, take shelter in the nearest building. If you are in a residence hall, follow the instructions on the Emergency Evacuation Plans posted on hallway walls. These list the best available shelter locations.

In addition, consider these safety tips:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Move to the lowest levels of the building, preferably in the middle of the building away from doors and windows.
  • If you cannot make it to the lowest level, seek shelter in a small room under a table or something sturdy.
  • Do not use elevators.

Please visit the Department of Public Safety website or the National Weather Service website for “what to do during a tornado.” The Ohio Emergency Management Agency also offers several tips to prepare for severe weather.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio or television stations for the latest weather and safety information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. It’s important to keep cell phones charged before an emergency.

It’s also important to know the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning.

  • Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible. Stay tuned to your local radio station or television for weather updates. Know where you’ll shelter, if necessary.
  • Tornado Warning means a tornado is happening or imminent. Take shelter immediately.

Please follow @OSU_EMFP on Twitter or check emergency.osu.edu for any updates.

Students, faculty and staff can monitor the current Columbus campus conditions online. The website includes a live weather camera, updated weather conditions and current forecasts.

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