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University of Maryland tells students to shelter from tornado despite no official warning being issued

University of Maryland tells students to shelter from tornado despite no official warning being issued

The University of Maryland warned students and staff on the College Park campus late Monday afternoon: “A Tornado Warning has been issued for the UMD campus ... Seek shelter immediately, avoid windows."

But there was no indication of a tornado as downpours associated with the remnants of Hurricane Florence moved through Prince George’s County, according to the National Weather Service.

“We have nothing to do with it,” said Jim Lee, meteorologist in charge of the weather service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office. “We have not issued a tornado warning.”

A spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Police Department, which sent out the alert at 5:36 p.m., said...

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