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Virginia's statewide tornado drill

Published On: Mar 11 2014 04:58:46 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 05:04:23 AM EDT

Virginia's statewide tornado drill is on Tuesday, March 11 at 9:45 a.m. for 2014.

According to the National Weather Service, tornadoes can strike at anytime and anywhere and that's why people are urged to take part in the statewide drill.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management offers some tips to help you in the event of tornadoes.

Know the Signs:
-Strong, persistent rotation in the base of a cloud
-Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base – tornadoes sometimes have no visible funnel
-Hail or heavy rain followed by dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes, especially in Virginia, are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can’t be seen.
-Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn’t fade in a few seconds like thunder does. If it’s night, look for small, bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These lights are power lines being snapped by very strong wind, perhaps a tornado.
-Persistent lowering of the cloud base

Watches and Warnings:
-Learn the terms that are used to identify a tornado.
-Tornado Watch: a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio and TV stations for information.
-Tornado Warning: a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.

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