Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Heads up: There will be no tornado drill Tuesday

The annual tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.

The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management said the cancellation is because of the governor’s state of emergency declaration in connection with the state’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Officials said the drill, which was supposed to take place at 9:45 a.m. March 17, will be rescheduled – NWS and VDEM “will work with affected stakeholders to re-schedule the 2020 tornado drill at a later point to come.”

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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