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State tornado test set for Tuesday morning
new_deh_barton county commission tornado pic
Pictured is a tornado that hovered near Great Bend last year. The statewide tornado drill is set for Tuesday morning.

The statewide test tornado drill will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. 

This test will be broadcast over  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration All Hazards Weather Radio and many local television and radio stations. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning.

If severe weather is expected on or around the test time Tuesday it will be postponed to the backup date, 10 a.m. Thursday.

In addition, the National Weather Service’s Storm Fury on the Plains (an annual training for storm spotters) will take place at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.