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 issued for your area, know where to seek safe shelter should a tornado warning be issued."

On Feb. 24, 2016, a tornado in Waverly, Sussex County,killed five people and injured 45 more. Other tornadoes touched down in Appomattox County and in the Northern Neck. The National Weather Service confirmed eight tornadoes touched down that day in Virginia.

Tornado drill

When: 9:45 a.m. March 21.

Where: Broadcast on radio and television.

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