On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. the Maricopa Unified School District was notified about the possible sighting of a funnel cloud associated with the thunderstorms moving through the area.
The District immediately enacted a lockdown procedure at all campuses. Instructions were given to stay away from windows and move to interior spaces and walls.
After checking with the Maricopa Police and Fire Departments, the District was informed that the official news from the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association was that cold air funnel clouds associated with thunderstorms would be moving through the area for approximately one hour from the time of the announcement at 1:32 p.m. The funnel clouds were not expected to reach ground.
The lockdown was then lifted at approximately 1:50 p.m. with students returning to normal activities. The District administration did remain vigilant during the remaining portion of the warning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Public Relations Tom Beckett at (520) 568-5142.