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Threatening weather postpones WI tornado drill

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MADISON (WAOW) -

The threat of tornadoes in southern Wisconsin on Thursday prompted state officials to postpone a planned weather awareness tornado drill.

"Thursday just looks a little too tricky," Todd Pritchard, a spokesman for Wisconsin Emergency Management, said Wednesday. "It is looking likely there certainly will be severe thunderstorm watches and warnings in southern Wisconsin, along with the flooding."

Pritchard said the tornado drill was rescheduled for Friday, with a statewide tornado watch to be issued at 1 p.m. followed by a statewide tornado warning at 1:45 p.m., which will trigger the sounding of tornado sirens. Television and radio broadcasts will also be interrupted.

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes each year, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management. The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes hit the state last year, and there were 38 in 2011.

April to August is the peak tornado season in Wisconsin.

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