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Statewide tornado drill planned next week

Published On: Apr 09 2013 09:31:31 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2013 09:32:08 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A tornado drill is planned statewide across Wisconsin on April 18 as part of severe weather awareness week.

Wisconsin Emergency Management, ReadyWisconsin and the National Weather Service have teamed up to make people aware of the dangers of severe storms and tornadoes next week.

Last year there were four confirmed tornadoes in Wisconsin, far below the average of 23 annually. In 2011, there were 38 confirmed tornadoes which resulted in one fatality.

The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes have been reported throughout the year.

If severe storms are actually happening when the drill is planned April 18, it will be postponed to April 19.

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