Statewide Tornado Drill


ILLINOIS- Every first Tuesday of the month at ten in the morning, tornado sirens are tested to make sure they are functioning properly. Today, Tuesday March 4, 2014 is no different; but as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Central Illinois, officials are urging everyone--the entire state of Illinois--to take this time to practice your tornado drill in your business, home, or any location where people gather. A test tornado warning will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio with the tone alarm. Many commercial radio and television stations will also participate by relaying the Test Tornado Warning. 

Now is also a good time to review the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop, and you should be aware of weather conditions. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted or has been radar detected. Never venture outside to look for a tornado, as they can sometimes be rain-wrapped, making it difficult to see. Always seek shelter in the lowest, most interior portion of your home or business and stay away from windows.

Tornado sirens will sound today, Tuesday March 4, 2014 at 10 AM CST.

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