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Recent Alerts

Learn about situations such as crime alerts, university closings and health or weather advisories that aren’t immediately threatening to life safety but warrant a notification.

The tornado warning for Columbia Campus has expired.

11/11/2022 4:21 am

The tornado warning for Columbia Campus has expired. Please monitor www.sc.edu/CarolinaAlert and local media for more information.


Carolina Alert: A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the Columbia campus. Seek safe shelter immediately. Check sc.edu/CarolinaAlert for more info.

11/11/2022 4:17 am

Carolina Alert: A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for the Columbia campus. Seek safe shelter immediately. Check sc.edu/CarolinaAlert for more info.


Columbia campus classes (in-person and virtual) on Friday, Sept 30 are cancelled due to Tropical Storm Ian. Check https://sc.edu/carolinaalert for more info.

10/03/2022 8:45 am

Dear Carolina Community, Due to anticipated inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Ian, all classes scheduled for the Columbia campus for Friday, Sept. 30 are canceled, including all in-person and virtual classes. As a state agency, the university follows the delay and closing determinations of Richland County government. Friday’s closure will not impact classes, games or other activities scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29. Essential campus operations like food service, housing, health services and virtual academic support services will continue throughout the closure. Essential employees are required to report to campus. Employees should check with their supervisors for additional details. The university is dedicating all available resources to the safety and welfare of our campus community, and over the past several days, we have been in constant communication with city, county and state officials and putting appropriate plans into place. Please exercise caution if you must travel during the storm, which is expected to be downgraded once it impacts the Columbia area. Currently, the storm is currently projected to bring 3-5 inches of rain and strong winds to the Midlands. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Monitor Carolina Alert for flash flood warnings that may impact campus. Areas that are especially prone to flooding include: • Intersection of Main and Whaley streets • Parking lots behind 300 Main St. • Parking lots behind the Blatt P.E. Center • Sumter Street under the railroad bridge • Pickens Street under the pedestrian crossing • Five Points The safety of our campus community is a primary concern of the university, so please be sure to monitor sc.edu/weather, social media and Carolina Alert for updates.


Tropical Storm Warning for Columbia campus

09/30/2022 5:46 pm

The University of South Carolina is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov/a/a.php?i=75238126 Please monitor www.sc.edu/CarolinaAlert and local media for more information and updates.


All Clear

09/13/2022 11:25 am

ALL CLEAR. The incident response has ended. Check http://carolinaalert.sc.edu/ for more info.


Road closures due to public safety incident at 514 Main Street. Please avoid the area and obey officials.

09/13/2022 10:57 am

Road closures due to public safety incident at 514 Main Street. Please avoid the area and obey officials.


FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Columbia campus

09/11/2022 10:43 am

FLASH FLOOD WARNING issued for Columbia campus


Carolina Alert Test

09/06/2022 1:24 pm

This is a TEST of the Carolina Alert Emergency Notification System. In an emergency, monitor https://sc.edu/carolinaalert and local media for more information and updates. This is only a TEST.


All Clear

09/02/2022 1:15 pm

ALL CLEAR. The incident response at the 800 block of Park St. has ended. Check http://carolinaalert.sc.edu/ for more info.


Public safety incident at 800 block of Park Street. Please avoid the area and obey officials.

09/02/2022 1:15 pm

Public safety incident at 800 block of Park Street. Please avoid the area and obey officials.



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