This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across the State of Kansas.
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Last year, Kansas reported it’s first tornado on February 28 when 8 tornadoes were reported, along with 1 fatality and 12 injuries that day.
The main threat for tornadoes in Kansas is April thru June, however they can occur at anytime of year. Last year was a fairly quiet year for tornadoes, with just 94 reported in Kansas, most of them in April.
Storm spotter classes will be held in the area, beginning with Washington County on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 pm at the Washington Fire House, on Thursday March 21 in Marshall County at the Community Center in Waterville, also at 7 pm, and in Nemaha County on March 25th at 7 pm at the Community Building in Sabetha.
Beginning this week, Marshall County will begin testing the tornado sirens throughout the county on a more regular basis. The plan is to set off the sirens in all the towns with remote capabilities each Wednesday at noon, and run for approximately 1 minute. This also includes all towns that dispatch can set off, as well.