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Statewide tornado drill takes place today

A sign designating a tornado shelter.
A sign designating a tornado shelter.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A statewide tornado drill is still on for Thursday.

It would have been called off had severe weather been predicted for real.  

With rain in the forecast, the National Weather Service said it consulted with state officials and the broadcasters association -- and they agreed to go ahead with the drill.  

It gives schools, businesses, and residents a chance to practice what they'd do in the event of a real twister. A simulated tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. -- and you should hear the sirens go off when the test tornado warning goes out at 1:45 p.m. The drill will be finished by 2 p.m.  

It's part of Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The Badger State averages 23 tornadoes each year, but it only had 16 a year ago. The weather service says most tornadoes occur in May and June, but they can happen anytime when conditions are right. Most twisters touch down between 3 and 9 p.m.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)