MADISON (WKOW) -- It's never too early or too soon to protect yourself and your family from severe weather. This week is the perfect time to invest in a Weather Radio, as it is severe weather preparedness week. It can save your life.
April 11-15, 2011 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin. The campaign is to remind people of the dangers associated with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail and to encourage citizens to take protective safety measures. A statewide drill is planned for Thursday, April 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The drill will be an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and individuals to practice safe procedures for severe weather and to learn more about severe weather.
Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes annually. In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage. The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 tornadoes in Walworth and Kenosha Counties. Tornadoes can occur anytime, day or night, but are most frequent between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.