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Statewide tornado drill Thursday afternoon

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  The planned statewide tornado drill for Minnesota takes place Thursday afternoon.
At 1:00 p.m. a mock tornado watch will be issued, followed by a mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.

Warnings will go out on television, radio, NOAA weather radios, and cell phone apps.

At that time schools and businesses are asked to practice seeking shelter. The drill will end at 2:00 p.m.

Here's the timeline for the drill:

1:00 p.m. - Test Tornado Watch (will be tone alerted via NOAA weather radio using live EAS codes [TOA])

1:45 p.m. - Test Tornado Warning (will be tone alerted via NOAA weather radio using live EAS codes [TOR])

2:00 p.m. - Test ends.

6:55 p.m. - Test Tornado Warning for Minnesota Counties only.

Some counties such as Olmsted County will run another drill at 6:55 p.m. for families to practice their action plans in their homes.

Do you have a plan for when the sirens go off?

KTTC meteorologists Randy Brock, Ted Schmidt and Jonathan Kegges break down the differences between watches and warnings and how they're issued.

What do you do when you hear a tornado is coming? What are some of the myths surrounding severe weather?

Randy, Jonathan and Ted answer these questions Thursday on the NewsCenter at 6:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Watch Randy, Jonathan and Ted's reports here.


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