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All Campus Emails: Shelter in Place (for real this time) and All Clear Tornado Warning Lifted

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:

The Shelter in Place warning was lifted in a follow up email by PSafe at 5:50 PM, but weather.com reports that the threat has been lowered to a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 pm.

Read below for the full text of the two emails:

There’s a Tornado Watch for Middlesex County

“Through 9 p.m., the Middletown area has been advised that conditions could be right for a tornado to form Saturday,” says Patch.

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 Patch has 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.