Emory University issued its own tornado warning

The sirens on the Emory University campus went off Tuesday night as a line of severe weather approached the heart of metro Atlanta.

The school issued its own tornado warning for the campus even though the National Weather Service never issued such a warning anywhere in Georgia that night. At 9:15 p.m., the school tweeted out:

"Emory Alert: A tornado warning has been issued for the Emory Campus. Seek shelter. Refer to local tv/radio for updates."

The university tweeted out 55 minutes later giving the "all clear" on the alert.

Emory later tweeted it issued the warning in what it said was an abundance of caution based on an alert from its private weather service. A statement released Wednesday by the university stated:

"We apologize for erroneously issuing a #tornado warning last night. We use a private weather service that utilizes @NWS data to issue warnings for potential weather emergencies affecting our campuses. We received info that we misinterpreted to be a tornado warning. We are reviewing our internal processes to ensure this does not happen again."

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for an area that included the Emory University when the alert by the school was issued.

There were no reports of damage or injuries as a result of the storm on the campus.

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