Nashville under Tornado Watch

The Nashville area is under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. The National Weather Service reports that, severe thunderstorms, with possible hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, are possible for middle Tennessee.

Our early warning weather monitoring system is tracking this situation for the Vanderbilt campus, and our Severe Weather Early Warning System, including outdoor sirens, will be activated if the weather conditions change and a tornado has been spotted and is 15 minutes within campus.

To keep abreast of the latest weather developments, go to Stay tuned to local television stations.

With severe weather approaching, following these steps from the Vanderbilt Severe Weather Preparedness Plan may be life savers:


  1. Alert all building occupants of the impending weather.
  2. Move quickly to a safe area indoors. This should be interior hallways, a basement, or interior bathrooms (interior spaces without windows).
  3. Close all doors as you leave the area. Especially ones leading to exterior rooms.
  4. Stay away from windows, doors and exterior walls.
  5. When moving to lower levels, remember to use the stairwells, as the elevators are not for use during emergency situations.
  6. DO NOT go outdoors or attempt to outrun the storm.
  7. Monitor local radio stations for weather updates.
  8. Notify Vanderbilt University Police Department at 911 or 322-2745 in the event that someone is injured or there is building damage caused by the weather.


  1. Go quickly inside of a sturdy building
  2. If you cannot get to a building for safety, stay away from possible hazards (power lines, traffic, trees, etc…)
  3. Assume a fetal position and cover your head.
  4. Wait for the weather to subside.

Contact: Vanderbilt University Police Department, (615) 322-2745

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