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Sirens to sound Tuesday in state tornado drill

Tuesday has been proclaimed Tornado Preparedness Day in Virginia. A statewide tornado drill will be conducted at 9:45 a.m.  

The Town of South Boston Emergency Services will conduct a siren test as part of this event.  Citizens should hear a long continuous siren blast during this exercise. This test should only last for approximately three to five minutes.

All National Weather Service Offices serving Virginia will issue drill tornado messages at that time. The purpose of this drill is to provide schools, businesses and residents of the commonwealth with the opportunity to activate and test their emergency plans for tornadoes, according to Dwight Spangler, deputy chief of the South Boston Fire Department.

The Statewide Tornado Drill will utilize a Test Tornado Warning, just like the Statewide Drill in 2013.  The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning under the Standard Tornado Warning Product and will transmit the test warning as it normally would for a real tornado event.  

The Emergency Alert System also will be activated as if the drill were an actual tornado warning, but the messages will be clearly marked with “THIS IS A TEST TORNADO WARNING...” 

 If severe weather is anticipated or is occurring on Tuesday, the tornado drill will be postponed until Thursday at 9:45 a.m., Spangler said. 

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