By The Associated Press & Eyewitness News
Many meterologists and Kansas residents were lulled into a false sense of security in the late 1980s when the number of tornadoes dropped dramatically.
That sense of calm changed abruptly on March 13, 1990. That's the day at least 60 tornadoes were reported from Texas to Illinois, including two that did serious damage in Kansas. One of the tornadoes hit Hesston, and another near Goessel still ranks among the strongest ever recorded.
The National Weather Service is highlighting the Hesston tornado as it observes Severe Weather Awareness Week this week.
The Statewide Tornado Drill, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has now been rescheduled for 1:30 on Thursday afternoon.
National Weather Service offices will issue test tornado warnings as part of the drill. Local warning sirens, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be activated upon receipt of this warning, to signal the start of the drill. Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado emergency. The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds.