Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week in Ohio begins today and will include a statewide tornado drill at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.
During the drill, Ohio counties and towns will sound and test their outdoor warning sirens. Schools, businesses and households are being encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.
The National Weather Service will also activate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio Alert System to test weather radios and announce the drill.
Ohio’s “tornado season” is normally April 1 to July 30.
When the National Weather Service issues a tornado watch, it means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes.
The weather service issues a tornado warning when a tornado is imminent or occurring.
Ohio’s other springtime hazards can include thunderstorms, floods and snowstorms.
Visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website at www.weathersafety.ohio.gov to review severe weather safety and preparedness information.