Washington to sound sirens for monthly test

By WEEK Creative Services

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- The City of Washington is taking a major step in its tornado recovery process.

On Tuesday, police will re-instate their monthly audible severe weather siren tests for the first time since an EF-4 tornado ripped through the city on November 17, 2013.

"The reality is we are unfortunately heading back into the official tornado season, so it is important that we run the sirens as they are intended to be used," said Jim Dunnan, Superintendent & Principal at Washington Community High School.

The emergency weather sirens will sound at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4. The test runs for three minutes.