Statewide tornado drill set for March 20

Though there may still be a chill in the air, March marks the beginning of the spring severe weather season.

Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, proclaimed by Governor Mike DeWine for March 17 to 23, encourages residents to prepare for weather incidents that typically occur during spring and summer months, but could strike at any time.

The highlight of the week is a statewide tornado drill and test of the emergency alert system at 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, March 20.

Peak tornado season in Ohio is generally April through July with tornadoes typically occurring between 2 and 10 p.m. but they can happen at any time of day.

In 2016 there were 24 confirmed tornadoes in the state–11 of them in one day. August 24 was deemed a tornado outbreak when 22 tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Ohio.

During the tornado drill, Ohio counties will simultaneously sound their outdoor warning sirens.

 

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