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Severe Weather Awareness Week Set in Wisconsin

Severe Weather Awareness Week will be April 9-13 Severe Weather Awareness Week will be April 9-13 |  Photo: WDIO, File

Created: March 23, 2018 10:24 AM

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has declared April 9 -13 as Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Wisconsin Emergency Management, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have joined to sponsor the statewide tornado drills scheduled for Thursday, April 12.

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According to a press release from Wisconsin Emergency Management, schools, businesses, families, and individuals will have two opportunities to practice their emergency procedures during the April 12 statewide tornado drills. The drills are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage everyone in Wisconsin to be ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.

According to the NWS, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, there were 23 tornado touchdowns in the state. While most were either EF0 or EF1, the state did record an EF3 on May 16, 2017. The tornado followed an 83-mile path across Polk, Barron, Rusk, and Price counties, killing one person and causing widespread damage. The state also experienced an outbreak of 10 tornadoes on June 14, 2017, across Shawano, Winnebago, Outagamie, Brown, and Waushara counties.

A mock tornado watch will be issued April 12 at 1 p.m., followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.

Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m. to give families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday, April 12, the tornado drills will be postponed until Friday, April 13 at the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday, the drills will be canceled.

Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website. Updates will also be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Graphics and tornado maps located at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/tornado/sever_weather_statistics.asp

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