NWS: Computer issue prompts early statewide tornado drill

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The statewide tornado warning system test that was to have happen at 1:00 p.m. today got an early start.

The Grand Rapids office of the National Weather Service inadvertently pulled the trigger and issued the tornado test twenty minutes early.

This affected stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

The NWS said the culprit was an undetermined computer issue.

Many people called 6 News to report that they heard no sirens at all.

Not every community participated in the test because they already hold scheduled tests of the warning sirens each month.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Authorities are asking Michigan residents, businesses and organizations to participate in a voluntary statewide tornado drill.

Officials say nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate in the 1 p.m. Wednesday drill.

Tornado sirens will sound as part of the drill.

If your phone is registered in the Nixle or CodeRED systems you will also receive a notification.

In preparation for possible tornadoes, people should identify the lowest place to take cover or find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls. Sturdy workbenches and stairwells also can provide shelter in a basement or other designated area.

Each member of a household should know where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado and monitor news reports for updates on approaching storms.

Emergency supply kits with enough food and water to last three days should be prepared. Important family documents also can be stored in the kits.

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