I was up until 3 a.m. Thursday morning because of Student Life production. About 2 1/2 hours later, I was woken up by a siren blaring to announce the arrival of the first tornado of 2014—what literally everybody wants to be woken by. I got on my iPhone’s Twitter app, did a quick search for “tornado St. Louis” and found that one had touched down in University City at 5:22 a.m.
A tornado warning for St. Louis County led students across campus to seek shelter—though many students could barely hear the sirens. According to Mark Bagby, Washington University’s emergency management coordinator, there have been no reports that sirens did not go off as expected, and a silent test conducted this morning proved the system to be operational.