2/24 4:30pm: ALL CLEAR
The worst of the storm is past the Duke Marine Lab and we fortunately did not sustain any damage.
The Duke Marine Lab Management Team is issuing an “all clear”.
Facilities is in the process of unlocking dorms, student center and other campus buildings.
A tornado watch remains in effect for Carteret County and Beaufort, NC until 9:00 PM tonight.
Please remain aware, monitor email and the emergency text message system.
Lab 7 / Bookhout will remain open and available as an emergency shelter.
The Duke Marine Lab Management Team will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates.
The Duke Marine Lab is expected to be open and back to normal operation tomorrow, Thursday February 25th.
If you feel you are in need of an emergency shelter, you are welcome to join the undergraduates and essential DUML staff and shelter in the interior of Lab 7 / Bookhout.
Note, Bookhout emergency power only feeds essential laboratory equipment, freezers, emergency lights, etc.
If you are going to utilize Bookhout as your shelter, we ask that you are in place well before any storm activity.
2/24 11 am:
Due to expectations of rapidly deteriorating weather and potential for 100 mph winds, the Duke University Marine Lab will close at noon today, Wednesday February 24th.
DUML afternoon classes and seminar are canceled. Essential staff will remain on the island, but all other personnel should leave.
Resident students, please monitor your email and text messages. There will be staff on hand in the Dining Hall during the lunch hour to discuss safety and answer your questions.
The Duke University Marine Lab Management Team will continue to monitor the weather and provide updates.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about how to secure your work area.
2/24 9 am:
The Duke University Marine Laboratory Management Team is monitoring a powerful storm system that is expected to impact our area this afternoon/evening.
Timing of strongest storms: This afternoon through this evening.
Threats: Damaging wind gusts, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain/localized flooding possible across Eastern NC. High surf along south facing beaches.
In the event of a tornado watch, the weather service suggests that people should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and watch for later statements and possible warnings. In the event of a tornado warning, which indicates a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar, Duke will send a text and email notification to students, faculty and staff. If the warning is for our immediate area, text and email notifications will be send to the community indicating that individuals should seek shelter immediately.
This link will direct you to the best shelter area for buildings on campus: https://nicholas.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2015-ml-tornado-shelter-areas.pdf
** Reminder: Individuals will only be notified by text message if you have opted into Duke’s notification system. To opt into this system, visit the website (open to Duke community only): https://work.duke.edu/irj/portal/Cell)**