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Officials successfully conduct annual statewide tornado drill Wednesday

Posted at 7:08 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 10:14:45-04

PORTAGE COUNTY, Ohio — The Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service successfully conducted its annual statewide tornado drill on Wednesday.

The drill went off at approximately 9:50 a.m. The annual drill is meant to prepare residents for severe weather at home and work.

“Since 2014 there have been 3 tornadoes that have touched down in the county. They’ve done minimal damage but that could change. While tornados are possible year around, now until fall is the highest probability,” said Ryan Shackelford, director of Portage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Last week, the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down west of Canton. The tornado started in Navarre area in Stark County and ended in eastern Perry Township in Stark County.

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