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Attention, CNN: There will be extra tornado sirens in Minnesota next week

The national broadcaster was caught by surprise by the test this past Wednesday.
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CNN better inform its reporters now, because Minnesota can expect another round of tornado siren tests next week.

The national broadcaster was caught by surprise when one of its reporters was on air outside the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis when the tornado tests happened this past Wednesday – as customary on the first Wednesday of the month.

And Minnesotans have been warned they can expect another round of sirens next Thursday, Apr. 15, as Minnesota marks "Severe Weather Awareness Week" from Apr. 12-15.

The National Weather Service will issue a simulated tornado watch at 1 p.m. on that day, which will be followed by simulated warnings at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., which will mean siren drills in both instances.

Provided there's no inclement weather happening at the time, it should be fairly clear that the sirens are a test – unless you're a national journalist temporarily spending some time in Minnesota for the trial.

The NWS will be focusing on a different theme each day on its social media channels, which will be as follows:

Looking ahead to the severe weather season, sign up for BMTN's BREAKING WEATHER newsletters for the latest updates on weather warnings.

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