Watches Versus Warnings:
Watch: Severe weather possible. Typically, 4-8 hours in duration, can cover multiple states. If a Watch is issued, you should prepare for a Warning.
Warning: Severe weather is imminent or occurring. Typically, 30-60 minutes in duration. Warnings are Polygon or County specific. If a Warning is issued, you should Act Immediately.
Warnings Issued by the National Weather Service (NWS):
Severe Thunderstorm: Hail ≥ 1 inch / Winds ≥ 60 MPH
Tornado: Visual confirmation or radar indicated based on depth and strength of rotation seen on radar
Flash Flooding: Sudden/rapid rise of water due to excessive rainfall, dam break, river rising above flood stage that typically occurs in less than 6 hours
Lightning: Stay away from telephones, electrical appliances, and plumbing. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe indoor shelter immediately.
Emory only issues NWS warnings for Tornado and Dangerous Straight-line Winds
After the Storm
Severe weather like a tornado, dangerous winds, or a severe thunderstorm may cause damage to the campus or the surrounding community. Be aware of falling debris and power line hazards. Consider calling parents and friends. Assure them that you are okay and inform them of your whereabouts.