Statewide tornado drill set for Tuesday morning

Posted March 21, 2017

About a year ago, four people died and more than 45 were injured in a tornado that hit Virginia. It begins with a test tornado warning, sent by the National Weather Service to weather alert radios.

As a part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security encourages Hoosiers to participate in a statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 21. "Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System".

The weather service issues a tornado warning when a tornado is imminent or occurring.

It's the commonwealth's annual tornado drill.

If there is widespread severe weather throughout the state on Tuesday, the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22 at 9:45 a.m.

IN has had 32 tornadoes since August 2016. There were several reports of tornadoes touching down in Sussex and Appomattox counties, along with the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula areas, officials said.

The state's Department of Emergency Management is reminding Virginians that on February 24, 2016, the state was hit with the deadliest tornado since 1959. IU's tornado warning alert system is meant to automatically activate when the National Weather Service issues a warning. In recent years, 1 million Virginians have signed up. A tornado warning indicates a tornado has been sighted, and individuals should take cover immediately.