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Statewide tornado drill Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will hold a statewide tornado drill, which is an annual effort to prepare citizens for tornado emergencies and test public warning systems.

The drill will start at approximately 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent by the NWS to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radios. NOAA Weather Radios will sound a tone alert and show a test message (or flash to indicate a message) to simulate what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System.

Registration for the tornado drill is not necessary, but participants can learn more and show their support by signing up at ...

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