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Georgia conducting statewide tornado drill this morning

It's set for 9 a.m.

ATLANTA — Across Georgia this morning, a statewide tornado drill is being conducted as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

The tornado drill is set to happen at 9 a.m.

It's not clear if sirens will go off or if warnings will be sent out as part of the drill. If you hear a siren or see a text warning, there is no tornado threat anywhere in the state today.

The National Weather Service advises families to have a shelter plan for when a tornado warning is issued. 

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They recommend the basement or, if you do not have one, an interior room with no windows. 

The NWS also offers this important distinction between a tornado watch and tornado warning: " A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop, but there is not an imminent threat. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been detected and an imminent threat to life and property has developed."

According to the National Weather Service:

All of Georgia is prone to tornadoes, as shown in this map depicting Georgia tornadoes from 1950-2014. The average number of days with reported tornadoes is 6 in Georgia. Tornadoes have been reported throughout the year, but are most likely to occur from March to May, with the peak in April. Tornadoes are also most likely in the mid afternoon to early evening time frame, but can occur any time of the day or night.