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Rhinelander to test sirens during the statewide tornado drill Thursday


Emergency responders want you to be ready for the severe weather that typically comes with spring.

This week is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Thursday there will a statewide tornado drill.

The test no longer includes a test of the Emergency Alert System, but cities can choose to test tornado sirens.

Rhinelander will be one of those cities.

You can expect to hear the sirens at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

The Rhinelander Fire Department encourages people to practice their tornado safety plans during these times, both at home and at work.

Rhinelander has two sirens one at the Oneida County Humane Society, the other at Nicolet College.

The drill may be pushed back if there is threatening weather, but at this time it’s expected to go ahead. Any changes will be on the Ready Wisconsin website.

Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes per year.

The National Weather Service confirmed 41 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin in 2021.

While the busiest time of year for tornadoes is typically during the spring and summer months, they can happen at anytime of year.

In December of last year, Wisconsin had 10 tornado touchdowns reported in a single day.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.