Severe Weather Warning

Severe Weather Warning

 

The Tampa Bay region is expected to be hit with severe weather this evening and tonight. Tonight’s Tampa campus classes are open.

 

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 25, 2011) – Severe weather is expected to hit the Tampa Bay region this evening and tonight, and a tornado watch has been issued for Hillsborough County until 9 p.m.

 

A tornado watch is issued when weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to produce tornadoes in, and close to, the watch area. University officials are requesting staff and students to monitor the weather via the TV, radio, and internet.

 

If a tornado warning is issued, that means a tornado has been sighted or is strongly indicated by radar. Seek shelter immediately.

 

USF Tampa classes remain open tonight. Plan extra time due to the weather and safety concerns.

 

Here are some safety tips for you to follow, found at the following website: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/safety.html

 

In a house with no basement, a residence hall, or an apartment:

-       Avoid windows.

-       Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows.

-       Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands.

-       A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection.

-       Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail.

 

After the tornado:

-       Keep your family together and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

-       Carefully render aid to those who are injured.

-       Stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them; they may still be carrying electricity!

-       Watch your step to avoid broken glass, nails, and other sharp objects.

-       Stay out of any heavily damaged houses or buildings; they could collapse at any time.

-       Do not use matches or lighters, in case of leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby.

-       Remain calm and alert, and listen for information and instructions from emergency

crews or local officials.