Ball State issues public safety notice on severe weather

With forecasters predicting severe weather in central Indiana, university officials issued a public safety notice Wednesday afternoon. 

Tony Proudfoot, associate vice president for marketing and communications, said although the university doesn’t often issue public safety notices for thunderstorms, they felt the unique nature of the storm warranted an alert. 

“We wanted to elevate everyone’s awareness that it’s a potential safety threat to individuals and the campus,” Proudfoot said.  

According to the National Weather Service, a line of severe thunderstorms is expected to form across Northwestern Illinois late this afternoon and move across central Indiana tonight and into tomorrow. 

Damaging straight line winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes and localized flooding could result. 

Forecasters are suggesting that Wednesday’s severe weather could result in a derecho, or large cluster of thunderstorms that produce widespread wind damage. 

On June 29, 2012, a massive derecho caused wind damage in at least 11 states and left more than 4 million people without power. 

In the case of a tornado warning, Proudfoot said the university has a system that is designed to automatically generate text messages to the university alert and to the campus website from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We encourage students, faculty and staff to keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to keep themselves safe,” Proudfoot said.


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