Statewide mock tornado watch, warning Thursday in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE - If you are outside Thursday afternoon, there is a good chance that you will hear a tornado siren.
The National Weather Service is conducting a mock tornado watch at 1:00 p.m. for the entire state of Wisconsin.
Then, at 1:45 p.m., they will issue a mock tornado warning for the whole state.
At that time, warning sirens will sound across the state.
Additionally, the NWS will run a test across all radio, TV and cable stations and NOAA weather radios.
Yet, the National Weather Service's greatest danger is said to not be tornadoes, but flash floods.
"We've had about a half billion dollars in damage in your viewing area, with three deaths in the last five years," said Rusty Kapela of the National Weather Service.
The testing procedures coincide with Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Thursday's test comes as municipalities evaluate the use of sirens.
In recent months, Brookfield came under fire for potentially doing away with its tornado sirens.
Instead, the city planned to use text messages to alert people who live there of any tornado warnings.
The city has since changed its tune.