Ohio has tornado drill as winter weather lingers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Residents seeking signs that spring is on the way will hear one echoing through the air as communities around Ohio participate in a statewide tornado drill.

The drill scheduled for 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday occurs in the middle of Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. It's meant to remind residents that spring brings more potential for thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other weather-related problems.

The state tests its Emergency Alert System during the drill, and many counties activate their outdoor warning sirens. Emergency officials are urging families and businesses to participate in the drill by practicing their own emergency safety plans when the sirens activate.