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South Boston will test tornado sirens Tuesday

The Town of South Boston Emergency Services will conduct an emergency warning siren test as part of the statewide Tornado Preparedness Day, which is set for Tuesday at 9:45 a.m.

According to South Boston Fire Chief Steve Phillips, South Boston citizens should hear a long continuous siren blast during this exercise. This test should only last for some 3- 5 minutes.

The emergency warning sirens are used to alert citizens in the event of severe weather or if a tornado warning is issued near the Town of South Boston, Phillips said.

Tornados are nature’s most violent storms, and they can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears.

“You must be prepared to act quickly,” he added.

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed Tuesday as Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia.

Looking back over records for Virginia in 2011, it was found that 51 tornadoes hit the state, the second highest number on record since 87 struck in 2004.

Last April 10 people died, and more than 100 were injured during tornadoes. Also 212 homes and 17 businesses were destroyed in the April tornadoes, and more than 1,050 homes and businesses were damaged.

Most tornadoes occurred during April, but others were recorded in March, May, August, September, October and November of 2011.