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Statewide tornado drills scheduled today, including west central Minnesota

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

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.

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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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