Test tornado warnings will be issued Wednesday morning in the Carolinas

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A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday morning in both North and South Carolina as part of the National Weather Service's "Severe Weather Awareness Week."

The drill will take place at 9 a.m., March 7, 2018, in South Carolina and at 9:30 a.m. in North Carolina.

At that time, NWS offices across the states will be issuing a tornado warning test.

All communication devices that are setup to receive emergency codes from the National Weather Service will sound their siren alerting the public of a tornado warning for their area. This includes cell phones, television and radio broadcasts and NOAA Weather Radios.

  • For radio stations, a message will be heard from the National Weather Service explaining that this is a test.
  • For television stations, a crawl will appear on the screen notifying viewers of a tornado warning, as well as audio explaining that it is only a test.
  • Cell phones that are set up to receive emergency codes from the National Weather Service could also receive a warning and test message.

Schools and the public are encouraged to practice their tornado safety procedures at that time.

Horry County Schools has pushed their drill to Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. due to ACT testing.

In the event that significant weather is expected, the statewide tornado drill will be rescheduled and a message will be announced to the public of the change.

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