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Severe Weather Awareness Week March 15-19

Preparing for a tornado

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - This is Virginia’s first Severe Weather Awareness Week, and Tuesday’s focus will be on tornadoes. The day will begin with the annual statewide tornado drill Tuesday morning at 9:45. Last year’s was canceled due to COVID, so now in 2021, it’s certainly a great time to remind all of us to stay weather aware as we move into the Spring severe storms season.

Virginia's annual tornado drill is Tuesday morning March 16th
Virginia's annual tornado drill is Tuesday morning March 16th (Source: Virginia Department of Emergency Services)

While tornado awareness is emphasized during early Spring, these dangerous storms can occur any time of year, and during any season in Virginia. The February 2016 tornado outbreak that devastated parts of eastern Virginia, as well as the September 2018 outbreak of multiple tornadoes that hit the metro Richmond area from Florence’s remnants serve as reminders.

Below are some awesome Tornado Web Links (compiled by the NWS and Virginia Department of Emergency Services). Be sure to check them out and save for future reference!

- National Weather Service

- Last year’s VA SWAW webpage

- Tornado Safety

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