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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

Officials shut down ‘nonessential’ University operations due to storm, tornado risk

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Officials shut down nonessential operations at 3 p.m. Monday in advance of the District’s first moderate storm risk in about a decade.

D.C., Maryland and Virginia may face a battering of winds, tornadoes, hail, torrential rain and lightning between 4 and 8 p.m. due to a severe storm expected to hit the region, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The National Weather Service implemented a tornado watch until 9 p.m. and said that power outages are likely.

“Essential services for residential students will continue,” a University alert issued at 3:02 p.m. reads. “Essential on-site staff should remain at their work locations.”

The likelihood of tornadoes within 25 miles of any location in the region is around 10 to 14 percent, “unusually high” for the region, according to Capital Weather Gang.

The University ceased activities with students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at 3:30 p.m.

Anthony Pohorilak, the assistant director of the Mount Vernon campus, advised residents to move cars parked in the area to the garage.

“MVC suffered some fallen trees during the last severe weather alert and I want you all to be aware of that,” Pohorilak said in an email to campus residents.

The storm warning comes just one week after torrential rain cut power to the Vern.

Federal offices closed at 3 p.m. to allow employees to return home in advance of the storm. The Smithsonian and DC Public Libraries also shuttered at 3 p.m. Metro announced on Monday that it would deploy additional resources and that it had activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to weather-related events.

Nick Pasion contributed reporting.

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Erika Filter, News Editor
Erika Filter is a senior majoring in international affairs from Carson City, Nevada. She leads the Metro beat as one of The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editors and previously served as the assistant news editor for the Student Government beat.
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