Carolinas schedule National Weather Service tornado drills

Carolinas schedule National Weather Service tornado drills

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The National Weather Service is conducting statewide tornado drills in North and South Carolina as part of its Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Wednesday drill is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The weather service is asking schools, businesses and families to participate.

The weather service says the drill is being broadcast over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration radio station and its emergency alert system. The weather service says most NOAA radio receivers won't make an audible alert sound and will instead show a blinking light.

They suggest participants develop a severe weather plan and practice seeking shelter as if a tornado were heading their way.

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