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Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday morning

21 March 2017, 12:17 | Taylor George

Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday morning

Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday morning

A test of the Emergency Alert System will sound both in the morning and evening on commercial radio, television networks and all-hazard radios.

About a year ago, four people died and more than 45 were injured in a tornado that hit Virginia.

Virginia's yearly tornado drill is slated for Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.

"The National Weather Service will issue a notification that will run on National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, weather radios". The text message is also broadcast by local radio, TV and cable stations. If there is a severe weather threat, the drills will be postponed to March 23.

In the past, 1 million Virginia residents have signed up for tornado drills, officials said.

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In February 2016, Fluvanna County was one of several areas across the state that were impacted by tornadoes, causing damage. "Virginians should use the statewide tornado drill on March 21 as an opportunity to test their tornado emergency procedures and discuss preparedness efforts for these deadly and unexpected storms which can touch down in Virginia nearly any time".

NWS Indiana averages 20-21 tornadoes a year.

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

Caldwell says that necessary precautions need to be taken due to the fact that tornadoes can occur anywhere.

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