Hurricane / Tornado

Tornado/Severe Weather

Tornadoes can occur with little or no warning. The National Weather Service (NWS) continuously broadcasts updated weather warnings and forecasts that can be received by NOAA Weather Radios.  A weather radio is monitored in the CPCC Communication Center and in severe weather incidents, such as a tornado, occupants will be notified to move to a more structurally sound location in the building. CPCC employees and students will receive information by email, through the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System, and on the CPCC website when tornado warning announcements are made by the National Weather Service. The following terms are used by the NWS.

TORNADO WATCH: Tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms.

TORNADO WARNING: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If a tornado warning is issued for your area and the sky becomes threatening, move to your pre-designated place of safety.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Severe thunderstorms are occurring.


If classes are in session and a tornado warning is in effect (a tornado has been spotted in the area), CPCC employees and students should follow these guidelines:

·         If a tornado threatens, seek shelter immediately.

·         Move to the lowest level of the building, basements are safest.

·         Move to the interior area of the building (inner hallways, inner rooms).

·         Stay away from windows, skylights and other glass areas.

·         Stay out of areas with a large roof expanse (auditoriums, gymnasiums).

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For more information on tornadoes click here