Statewide Tornado Drill - 10:00 AM Tuesday March 3rd



       Tornado near Gifford, IL 11/17/13                                              Washington, IL Tornado  11/17/13
            Photo by Jessie Starkey                                                                 Photo by Marc Wells




A TEST Tornado Warning will be issued for ALL Illinois counties at 10:00 AM Tuesday March 3, 2015. The warning will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio with the tone alarm. Many commercial radio and TV stations will also participate by relaying the TEST Tornado Warning.  

The National Weather Service, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, local EMA/ESDA offices, and local broadcasters ALL recommend that you use the time during this statewide TEST Tornado Warning to conduct a tornado drill at your business, school, home or any location where people gather.



… TORNADO Watches & Warnings …



TORNADO WATCH - Conditions are right for some thunderstorms to produce tornadoes, usually within the next few hours.  

  • What to do in a TORNADO WATCH:  Be alert for threatening weather conditions and pay attention for any warnings issued in or near your area.




TORNADO WARNING - A tornado has been sighted by a trained storm spotter OR an NWS meteorologist monitoring radar has detected a storm which may produce a tornado soon.

  • What to do in a TORNADO WARNING: Get to a place of safety immediately! A majority of the time, Tornado Warnings are issued several minutes BEFORE the tornado has even developed.

    Don't go outdoors looking for the tornado - it may be hidden by heavy rain! Seek safe shelter immediately. 



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