Weather Service - Lincoln encourages everyone to be severe weather
Annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be
held at 10:00 am CST on Tuesday March 1st.
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[March 03, 2016]
- During the past year, the state of Illinois encountered 69
tornadoes, hundreds of reports of wind damage and large hail, and
two MAJOR flood events (one from June into July, and the other from
late December into January). These high impact severe weather events
resulted in 18 fatalities across the state - 14 of which were a
result of the devastating floods.
NOAA puts a lot of emphasis on tornado safety, and rightly so,
since Illinois ranks 5th in the nation for the most tornadoes per
square mile. However, we need to put just as much emphasis on the
dangers of flooding, lightning, and severe thunderstorm wind gusts.
As a reminder, the Annual Statewide Tornado Drill will be held at
10:00 am CST on Tuesday March 1st. The NWS will issue an actual
Tornado Warning, with TEST wording throughout the warning, for every
county in the state to test the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In the
event of hazardous weather in the state on March 1st, the test will
then be postponed until Wednesday March 2nd at 10:00 am CST.
2016 Severe Weather Fact Sheet to print and share pdf
[Chris Miller, Warning Coordination
Meteorologist, National Weather Service]