Statewide Tornado Drill

Statewide Tornado Drill
Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1010 am through 1030 am EST

Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28, 2014, has been proclaimed Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida by Governor Rick Scott. During this special week, Floridians are encouraged to learn and review the proper safety precautions necessary for protecting their lives during severe weather. Each day will focus on a specific topic. The topics assigned to each weekday are: Monday – Lightning; Tuesday – Marine Hazards and Rip Currents; Wednesday – Tornadoes and Thunderstorms; Thursday – Hurricanes and Flooding; and Friday – Temperature Extremes and Wildfires.
Severe weather can strike with only a few minutes of advance warning — do you have a way to receive a warning? The National Weather Service in Melbourne and the Florida Division of Emergency Management encourage you to participate in the annual statewide tornado drill.

General Information: At approximately 1010 am EST on Thursday, February 27, all National Weather Service Forecast Offices serving Florida will transmit a practice Tornado Warning. The warning will be transmitted via NOAA Weather Radio Drill in place of the normal Routine Weekly Test (RWT). The Routine Weekly Test normally conducted each Wednesday will NOT take place on February 26. Local Radio and TV stations and Emergency Management offices may also choose to broadcast this warning drill in some areas. The practice Tornado Warning will be cancelled at 1030 am EST. The drill this year was moved from Wednesday to Thursday, due to a conflict with the Florida Public Schools. If severe weather threatens Florida on Thursday, the test will be postponed to Friday, Feburary 28.

Please note that while the Tornado Warning Drill will trigger an audible alarm on some brands of NOAA Weather Radio, other radios (i.e. Midland WR-100) will only display a yellow advisory light on the console.
The NWS Melbourne Tornado Warning Drill will be issued for the following east central Florida counties: Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, St. Lucie, Seminole and Volusia. Additionally, all other Florida counties will receive practice Tornado Warning Drills from their local NWS offices.

For further information, please contact Scott.Spratt@noaa.gov

Scott M. Spratt
Warning Coordination Meteorologist