ITHACA, N.Y. — Just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the annual Slope Day celebration at Cornell University was evacuated due to severe weather moving through the area.

A hazardous weather outlook was issued Thursday for Tompkins County by the National Weather Service with forecasts of rain, thunderstorms and strong winds in the area.

The decision to “weather evacuate” happened just as heavy rain started in the city. An estimated 10,000 people were attending the Collegtown event when the live music was cut off and an announcement was made to clear the slope.

After a day of responding to the usual shenanigans at Slope Day — drunk college students and people nursing minor drunken injuries — first responders were advised to tell people to seek shelter and get out of the storm.

The thunderstorms could last until about 4 p.m. Then the chance of rain diminishes until early Friday morning, according to the weather service. 

Feature photo: Students head down the slope during Slope Day 2017. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

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