By Chuck Samples/KVOE News
Tuesday's statewide tornado drill won't happen now because of a chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service has now rescheduled the drill until 1:30 pm Thursday.
Emporia was planning to test its tornado sirens Tuesday as part of the statewide drill but will now test at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, weather permitting.
Wednesday tests had been the norm for years. Dispatch supervisor Krystee Pearson says part of the switch back to Wednesdays is because repair crews are more readily available on weekdays. The switch to monthly tests is for two reasons -- the sirens, installed last year, are more reliable than the ones in place for 10 to 50 years and they test themselves twice a day.
Meanwhile, the Emporia Police Department will once again hold its outdoor warning tests on the first Wednesday of the month after testing the sirens on Saturdays last year. The sirens will be tested at noon, the same time as last year. Those tests begin April 7 and will be weather-permitting.