Tornadoes and Wind Storms

Tornado drill planned for next week

Emergency responders will conduct a tornado drill Tuesday, a little over a year after tornadoes wreaked havoc on portions of the state.

As part of a statewide tornado drill on March 21 , the National Weather Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration will send alerts to weather radios.

The 9:45 a.m. alerts mimic what people would see and hear if under a tornado warning. Televisions will broadcast a message of their own via an emergency alert system.

"Tornadoes can occur any month of the year, and Virginia averages 16 tornadoes each year," said Bill Sammler of the National Weather Service, in Wakefield. "When a tornado watch is...