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Editorial: It’s time to get weather prepared

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opinion Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

The April snows have likely ended for this year, but the warm weather challenges are just beginning. Remember Minnesota has already had snowstorm in western Minnesota along with a tornado in Yellow Medicine County on March 31.

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The dangers of severe weather are already here, so it is time for all in west central Minnesota to be prepared. For more than two decades, the state, the National Weather Service and local governments have conducted Severe Weather Awareness Week.

A statewide tornado drill is a significant part of that effort this week. Simulated tornado watches and warnings will be issued Thursday to test the statewide weather warning system.

Here is Thursday’s schedule:

* 1 p.m.: All six National Weather Service offices that serve Minnesota will issue a simulated tornado watch.

* 1:45 p.m.: The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties. Most cities and counties will activate their outdoor warning siren systems and NOAA Weather Radios will activate the real TOR code.

* 2 p.m.: The National Weather Service will issue an “end of test” message.

* 6:45 p.m.: The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties. Most cities and counties will activate their outdoor warning siren systems and NOAA Weather Radios will activate the real TOR code.

* 7:10 p.m.: The National Weather Service will issue an “end of test” message.

According to the National Weather Service, Minnesota experiences an average of 40 tornadoes per year. The record was set in 2010 with 104 tornadoes identified across the state.

It is critical for businesses and families to understand the severe weather threat and practice safety procedures for when a tornado warning is issued or a tornado is approaching.

Prompt action may save lives in the home or business you are located in.

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