Chapel Hill and Carrboro are under a Tornado Watch until 8 p.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service in Raleigh said.
The tornado watch went into effect at 2:29 p.m., according to an Alert Carolina announcement.
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, the Alert Carolina said. Community members should continue monitoring weather service warnings.
If the weather service issues a tornado warning for Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the University will activate the emergency sirens, the Alert Carolina said.
The NWS defines a tornado warning as an instance when a tornado has been spotted, or that radar indicates a thunderstorm circulation that can spawn a tornado.
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