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Tornado drills underway

Tornado drills in Lunenburg County and throughout Virginia are set to take place March 20, county officials noted.

Deputy Administrator Nicole Clark said the Lunenburg Administrative Office will be holding a drill on Tuesday.

Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton said the tornado drill for the town will take place Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. “The Town of Victoria will be testing its tornado sirens in conjunction with the statewide drill,” Newton said.

Kenbridge Fire Department Chief Richard “Dickie” Harris said the department will sound the alarm Tuesday.

A news release from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) said tornado sirens throughout Virginia will conduct a test tornado warning sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios. “NOAA weather radios will sound a tone alert and show a test message (or flash to indicate a message) to simulate what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning,” the release noted.

Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. Participants, including individual schools and businesses, are urged to register for the drill with VDEM. Registration information and resources are available at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill/.”