Statewide tornado drill happening Wednesday morning

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Don't be surprised when you hear tornado sirens sounding Wednesday morning.

The statewide tornado drill is happening as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The National Weather Service will be conducting the drill and will use the actual TOR EAS code as if it was a real Tornado Warning.

The FCC has granted Nebraska and Iowa a waiver to use the live TOR codes.

At 10 a.m. CT, the storm prediction center will issue a test tornado watch for all counties in Nebraska and Iowa. The test message will be tone alerted and sent through the Emergency Alert System using the TOA code. The watch will be valid for one hour.

Then at 10:15 a.m. CT, Weather Forecast Offices will issue a Test Tornado warning valid for 20 minutes. This is the time that counties will start sound the sirens. This will be sent using the TOR EAS code. There will be test wording throughout the text of the warning.

WFOs across Nebraska and Iowa will issue a severe weather statement canceling the warning at 10:35 a.m.

The test tornado watch expires for all of Nebraska at 11 a.m.

The backup days are Thursday, March 28 or Friday, March 29, if we have severe weather in the area.