At 5:31 PM today, Wesleyan sent out an email with the subject line “URGENT – Shelter in Place” to the campus. This occurred almost half an hour after many received weather alerts from various weather services on their phones, including the one in this tweet from WesWings:
Many students were surprised by the sudden appearance of the severe weather (this is Connecticut! We’re not supposed to get tornados in Connecticut!)(Except for when we do), as evidenced by the dozens of people I witnessed pour out into the Exley lobby to ogle at the strange-colored sky, high winds, and lightning. One of our editors captured this lightning strike from an upper floor window:
“Through 9 p.m., the Middletown area has been advised that conditions could be right for a tornado to form Saturday,” saysPatch.
Looks like our post on Tropical Thunderstorm was more prescient than intended. According to the Weather Channel, a strong cold front is headed our way this afternoon, “igniting a line of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and, perhaps a few tornadoes.” You can check out the map above, but suffice it to say Middlesex County has been placed under Tornado Watch. Middletown Patchhas more detail:
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of the state including Middlesex County through 9 p.m., according to the Storm Prediction Center. [ . . . ]
The National Weather Service is predicting for Middletown:
Isolated showers between 1 and 3 p.m., then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between midnight and 3 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 a.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 63. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.