Tornado drill set for Tuesday in Virginia

Virginia's annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 21.

The state's Department of Emergency Management is reminding Virginians that on February 24, 2016, the state was hit with the deadliest tornado since 1959.

In addition to the internal and external weather warning systems, the Storm Lake Fire and Police Departments will be working together when severe weather is threatening.

Eight total tornadoes struck during that storm, according to the National Weather Service, killing five people and injuring another 45.

Ohio's "tornado season" is normally April 1 to July 30.

March is Severe Weather Preparedness month, and Virginia annually participates by conducting a state-wide tornado drill. "But an actual tornado warning isn't the time to figure out how to keep your loved ones and friends safe".

During each drill, the NWS will send a Tone Alerted warning message over NOAA weather radios and Emergency Management Agencies will set off outdoor warning sirens. "Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System". He said Virginia averages 16 tornadoes a year. IU's tornado warning alert system is meant to automatically activate when the National Weather Service issues a warning.

  • Carolyn Briggs