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Eau Claire County tests weather sirens


Eau Claire (Press Release) - Eau Claire County resumed testing of outdoor weather warning sirens on Monday as part of the monthly testing of the countywide system.

The sirens are sounded on the first Monday of the month, April through October, at 11:02 a.m.

The county encourages residents to take advantage of this opportunity to formulate and practice their own sever weather safety plan.

When the siren sounds, the county encourages people to:

  • Turn on your radio, TV or weather alert radio for more information
  • Determine the area affected and the time frame involved
  • Take shelter as appropriate. Know in advance where the "shelter" is located

The week of April 19-23 has been designated as Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. During this week:

  • A SKYWARN storm spotter training session will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave. in Eau Claire. This session is open to anyone with an interest in weather. There is no charge and pre-registration is not necessary.
  • Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for Thursday, April 22. The "test" tornado watch will be issued at 1:15 p.m. and a "test" tornado warning will be issued at 1:45 p.m. The sirens will be activated countywide at 1:45 p.m. as part of the drill.

The National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning for portions of Eau Claire County based on the path of the storm. This storm-based warning method allows the sirens to be partially sounded in a more community specific manner. WHile a severe thunderstorm is fairly predictable, a tornado can occur without any type of warning.


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