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Tornado Drill Planned For Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week

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Kansas is holding a statewide tornado drill today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that for most of Kansas, the drill will take place at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

As part of the drill tornado sirens will sound. The National Weather Service says severe weather is not expected and residents should not be alarmed.

The drill will take place at 6:30, which differs from past years, but is closer to the time when many tornadoes occur and people are at home.

According to the National Weather Service, 2015 was an active year in terms of tornado count, ranking fourth-highest since 1950. There were 126 reported tornadoes last year. The most tornadoes ever reported in Kansas in a calendar year took place in 2008 with 187.

May was the most active month last year, with 63 reported tornadoes.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jakub and has more about what to expect from Tuesday's tornado drill.

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More information about Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found here.

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Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels. Follow Abigail Wilson on Twitter @AbigailKMUW.

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