Severe Weather Awareness Week starts

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It is Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Wisconsin: an annual campaign dedicated to helping people prepare for possible tornadoes.

This week, schools, businesses and families will have an opportunity to test their emergency plans. A statewide tornado drill is planned for this Thursday at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and or rainy.

According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. Last year, there were 16 tornado touchdowns in the state.

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