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Severe Weather Information

April 05, 2017

[UPDATE 3:10 P.M. 4/5/17] Due to the continued threat of severe weather, Lander University has cancelled classes and labs beginning at 3:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 5). No evening labs or classes will be held.

While classes are cancelled, the university will remain open. Employees who feel they need to leave campus early in order to travel safely may use annual leave or work with their supervisors to account for time off. 

Please continue to monitor campus email for any important updates to campus services as a result of the weather. 

Our latest update from the National Weather Service has not shown much change from previous forecasts, and thunderstorms are expected to continue to pass through the region, with a second wave of potentially severe storms entering the area tonight. You should be prepared to monitor forecasts throughout the day. Be alert to rapidly changing conditions and be ready to act quickly to ensure your safety.

[ORIGINAL POST] The threat of severe weather is moving into our region once again, with two rounds expected in the Upstate area this morning through the evening hours. Like Monday, the biggest threats from this system will again be strong thunderstorms capable of producing straight-line winds, frequent lightning, heavy rain and hail. Isolated tornadoes may also be possible.


Remember to put your safety first; if you cannot safely commute to or on campus, please do not attempt to do so.

You should be prepared to monitor forecasts throughout the day. Be alert to rapidly changing conditions and be prepared to act quickly to ensure your safety. University officials are closely monitoring the situation and will receive updates throughout the day from the Greenwood County Emergency Management Office.

Severe Weather Safety Tips

  • Should severe weather impact campus, you’ll receive notification from Lander’s emergency alert system and via campus email. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for Lander Alert so that you can receive notifications quickly in the event of any emergency on campus. Click here to sign up now.
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning.  watch means to be alert that weather conditions are right for the development of that particular type of weather. A warning means that the particular type of weather is occurring. During a tornado warning or a very severe thunderstorm warning, the University will activate its emergency warning sirens, as well as activate the LU Alert mass notification system. Act immediately to find suitable shelter.
  • Familiarize yourself with severe weather shelter locations on campus. (If you are a supervisor, please share this information with employees who do not have access to the internet.)
  • Follow these instructions to stay safe in the event of a severe weather emergency on campus.
  • Monitor and track weather via local news or weather apps on your tablet or phone. You can also check current watches, warnings and forecasts from the National Weather Service

The university will keep you updated as information becomes available. Stay safe and be alert.