Statewide tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday morning


Tornado Warnings are issued from the NWS when a tornado has been confirmed on the ground, or is indicated through Dual-Polarized Radar.

Since severe weather impacts every individual in every region of the state, March 5-9, 2018, has been declared Severe Weather Awareness Week across West Virginia. "I encourage all county residents, businesses and organizations to participate in the drill".

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A watch means severe weather is likely to develop within the next few hours (ex. Tornado Watch, Severe Thunderstorm Watch). If inclement weather is forecast for March 6, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled for Thursday, March 8, or the first available good weather day.

Northwest and the City of Maryville generally test storm sirens and other emergency warning systems at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, weather permitting. Severe weather can strike at any time with little or no notice.

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Fisher also said that severe thunderstorms can produce hail at least an inch in diameter, 58 miles per hour plus winds or can produce a tornado.

Nash County Emergency Management officials recommend having a family emergency plan in place so all members know where to go, who to call and what to do during a disaster. At that time, the National Weather Service will issue a Special Weather Statement to initiate the drill.

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If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately. Do not try and outrun a tornado in your vehicle. Watch out for flying debris. When walking through storm damage, wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes.