>Emergency Tornado sirens blared their horns Tuesday night as storms containing hail and strong winds rushed in from the west. Many Baylor students hurried to seek shelter at home, library and basements on campus after receiving a text followed by a voicemail around 8:45.
“I had been in a group project with about 100 other people.” Said Tori Poole, junior writing major. “We were told that we were under a tornado warning and we might have to go into the hall way.”
Whitney Warren, sophomore communications major, had a different situation when it came to seeking shelter. “I was outside running to pick up t-shirts from a friends house. The skies were turning really dark and it was becoming very windy.” Warren said.
As the night went on Baylor students stayed safe in bathrooms and closets. “My roommates and I huddled in a closet for about 30 minutes!” Said BriAnn Dorris, sophomore social work major.
Tornado warnings were in effect at one point Tuesday night for all of McLennan County because of the strong winds and hail, but by around 9:30 p.m., the warning area had been taken back to areas south of Waco and at 9:45 the counties warnings were finished.”It was a very frustrating day for me! I was in that presentation room for 5 hours thanks to the storm and by the end we were all hungry, tired and ready to be home.” Said Poole.
While no tornado touched down in Waco it was a night to remember for Baylor students.
Many are very thankful for the alert system Baylor has set up, “without my parents here, I would have had no idea about how bad the storm was going to be,” Warren recalled.
“I got the voicemail and immediately went home instead of driving to get groceries like I had been planning.” Said Dorris.
So thank you Baylor for keeping us dry, safe and away from the harm of a tornado.