Update on Tornado Warning for Santa Cruz County

January 20, 2010 at 2:30 PM

The Tornado Warning for Santa Cruz County has expired, however, the potential for severe thunderstorms still exists. Immediately seek shelter inside a building in the event of such storm activity.

The National Weather Service has issued several warnings and advisories which can be viewed at the forecast page for campus.

The campus Severe Weather Hazard Resource Page also includes important general information on storm preparedness as well as links to road closure information, utility outages and other resources.

Whenever possible during high winds, pedestrians should avoid trails through densely wooded areas, walking instead through more open areas even if the route is slightly longer. Healthy branches can still break and fall during windstorms, posing a potentially serious hazard to pedestrians.

January 20, 2010 at 2:15 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Santa Cruz County and Santa Clara County until 2:30 PM. Heavy hail may also occur.

The safest place to be during a tornado is in a basement. Get under a Workbench or other piece of sturdy furniture. If no basement is Available...seek shelter on the lowest floor of the building in aninterior hallway or room such as a closet. Use blankets or pillows to cover your body and always stay away from windows.

If in mobile homes or vehicles...evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. If no shelter is available...lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands.