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Statewide tornado drills scheduled today, including west central Minnesota

There's no severe weather in the forecast, but you may hear severe weather sirens today as statewide tornado drills will be held in Minnesota.

The National Weather Service, along with emergency management agencies in Minnesota, will conduct the drills this afternoon, along with a second drill this evening for some Minnesota counties.

Here is a timeline for how west central Minnesota will be affected (times subject to change):

1 p.m. - Weather Service issues a simulated tornado watch for Minnesota

1:45 p.m. - Weather Service issues a simulated tornado warning for Minnesota counties; cities and counties will activate sirens.

2 p.m. - end of afternoon drill

6:55 p.m - a second simulated tornado warning will be issued for 73 Minnesota counties as a test for people at home and for second-shift workers. Sirens will sound again in participating counties, including all west central Minnesota counties. Three surrounding counties of Sibley, Lincoln and Pipestone are not participating.

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