There will be 2 tornado siren drills today, but on purpose this time


At 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. today (Thursday), emergency sirens across the state are going to sound, and it's totally on purpose.

The statewide tornado drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week – the afternoon one is meant for institutions and businesses, while the evening drill is for second shift workers and families,
Homeland Security and Emergency Management says.

Outdoor warnings sirens and NOAA weather radios will sound off in a simulated tornado warning.

That includes in Hennepin County, where residents (many of them sleeping) Tuesday got an earful when sirens went off just after 6 a.m. – which was not meant to happen.

Hennepin County Emergency Management attributed it to a computer malfunction that accidentally triggered them.

Counties can opt out of this statewide drill if there's actual severe weather in the area.

But remember:

  • 1:45 p.m. tornado siren
  • 6:55 p.m. tornado siren

Both supposed to happen.

Tornado facts

39 touchdowns

That’s the number of reported tornado touchdowns in the state last year – the earliest coming in May, the latest in August. The highest number recorded was 104 in 2010.

0 deaths

Still, there were zero deaths related to tornadoes last year.

9.9 tornadoes

The average number of tornado touchdowns in the month of June – the highest average for any month, the DNR says.

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