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Virginia's Annual Tornado Drill Set For Tomorrow

20 March 2017, 08:39 | Marion Schneider

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On February 24th of a year ago, Virginia experienced the deadliest day for tornadoes since 1959. He said Virginia averages 16 tornadoes a year.

These storms are a stark reminder that Virginians must prepare for the possibility of tornadoes and other natural disasters.

In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week for March 27 - 31, the tornado drill is an effort to promote public awareness in a statewide, voluntary tornado drill, according to Storm Like Police Chief Mike Jones.

The weather service issues a tornado warning when a tornado is imminent or occurring.

The Town of Abingdon installed those sirens after deadly tornadoes swept through parts of East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia back in 2011.

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This year's drill will start at 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. The radios will sound a tone alert and show a test message to show what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning.

"When a tornado watch is issued for your area", he said, residents should "know where to seek shelter".

During stormy weather, residents are urged to remain alert and stay tune to their local television, radio stations and weather radios for the most up to date weather information and be prepared to move quickly to a designated "safe area", should conditions develop and the emergency siren is activated.

Show your support by registering for the tornado drill.



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