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Tornado drill in Wisconsin and Minnesota on Thursday

Brad Williams

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Ten years ago this spring in La Crosse, it was not just a test. 

An actual tornado touched down in the city on a Sunday afternoon…May 22nd, 2011…cutting a path of destruction from Green Island to the former K-Mart on Losey. 

There were no serious injuries from that twister, but local weather service meteorologist Todd Shea hopes people in La Crosse will remember that day by taking part in tornado drills on Thursday.

“It can occur, it can happen, and so you have to have those plans where you’re gonna go in the basement, is there an interior hallway or bathroom to get to,” said Shea.    

A statewide tornado drill is planned two times on Thursday in Wisconsin, at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:45. 

Shea says the weather in La Crosse should be sunny and mild, so people will know it’s a drill if they hear tornado sirens in the area.   

He also says your cellphone won’t be set off with an alert during the drill.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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