Statewide tornado drills take place today
Tornado sirens will go off twice today -- at 1:45 and 6:55 p.m. -- as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.
"Families, schools, and businesses should take this opportunity to review severe weather emergency plans, conduct practice drills, and understand outdoor warning siren activation protocols for their county," said Deb Paige, Washington County Emergency Manager. "Occasionally, tornados develop so rapidly that advance warning is not possible. Maintain awareness of your surroundings and stay alert for signs of an approaching tornado, by turning on a TV, radio, or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio. Practicing before the storm is the best preparation and will keep you safer when severe weather occurs in your neighborhood."
According to National Weather Service data, tornadoes have occurred in every Minnesota County at some time during the past 60 years. Washington County has experienced 18 tornadoes since 1950.