Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4-24-14 statewide tornado drill

 Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season.  Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. Fond du Lac County Emergency Management director Jim McNabb says a statewide tornado drill is being held Thursday afternoon.  At 1pm the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45pm a mock tornado warning.  McNabb says its an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather.  Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.  In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six during the night and early Morning hours of August 6th and 7th when an EF2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties.  That tornado injured two people and caused millions of dollars in damage.  In 2012 only four tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin.   In 2011 38 tornadoes were confirmed in Wisconsin.  The peak tornado season is April to August.

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