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Iowa’s statewide tornado drill is Wednesday

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A statewide tornado drill begins for all Iowa communities at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

The drill will start with a test tornado watch at 10 a.m.

Sirens will sound for a test tornado warning at 10:15 a.m.  Local officials may or may not sound outdoor warning sirens depending on local policies.

The NWS is encouraging residents, businesses and schools to treat the drill as if it were an actual warning to test your readiness for severe weather.

“The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone’s readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Donna Dubberke.

The drill happens in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is April 2 to April 6.