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Severe Weather

Dangerous weather can include:

  • Thunderstorms
  • Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Winter storms

Stay alert to weather conditions and Seek Shelter/Stay in Place if threatening weather approaches.

Weather advisories

  • A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather. Monitor the situation closely if the weather deteriorates.
  • A warning means severe weather has actually been observed and is imminent. Seek Shelter/Stay in Place immediately.

Weather warnings

Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service when a tornado is approaching the area. The campus community will be notified using the following methods:

  • The Outside Warning System will sound a tone and a voice warning that a tornado is approaching and people should take shelter immediately.
  • A DU Alert message will be sent to those who signed up for that service.

You should tune to local television or radio stations for the latest information about approaching severe weather.

Severe weather tips

  • Have a good flashlight on hand.
  • In a thunderstorm, a substantially constructed building offers the best protection.
  • Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances and plumbing.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Find safe shelter immediately.

Campus Delays or Closings

In the event of severe weather causing delays or closings, the University will communicate with you through DU Alert or by posting a message on the Duquesne University Weather/Emergency Hotline (412.396.1700).