Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Statewide tornado drill to be held today

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Melissa Porter | 07 March, 2018, 17:08

"Spring is quickly approaching and so is the potential for severe weather", Fisher said.

"Severe weather has a huge impact in our part of the region, from severe thunderstorms and flooding to lightning and tornadoes". These storms can develop so rapidly that having a plan in place beforehand is critical.

A test tornado warning will be issued for all IL counties and will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alarm.

The statewide tornado drill will be conducted Wednesday at 9 a.m. Emergency management said this is the exact reason they encourage people to have a weather radio.

For more information on severe weather and preparedness, visit SCEMD's website.

Tornado in Cross Hill in 2017. Severe weather can strike at any time with little or no notice. Straight line wind gusts from severe storms can cause extensive damage similar to that of a tornado.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared this week as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. To ensure readiness in the spring and all year, the S.C. Emergency Management Division annually designates South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week. Should actual severe weather be a threat that day, the exercise will be held on March 21. At that time, the National Weather Service will issue a Special Weather Statement to initiate the drill.

■ Know the terms: WATCH means a tornado is possible.

■ If driving, you should leave your vehicle immediately to seek safety in an adequate structure.

Never try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle. If you determine you need to take shelter, be sure every family member puts on hard-soled footwear and take your emergency disaster kit with you. Protect yourself from flying debris by covering your head with your arms or a coat or blanket.