Ohio holds tornado drill at 9:50 Wednesday morning

<font size="2">The state will test its tornado emergency alert system at 9:50 a.m.</font>

The start of spring signals the start of tornado season, and many communities in Ohio will take part in a statewide tornado drill Wednesday morning to prepare.

The state will test its emergency alert system at 9:50 a.m. Many counties, including those in northwest Ohio, plan to activate their sirens and systems as part of the test.

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Schools, businesses, and homes are encouraged to participate in the test by practicing their emergency plans and procedures.

The drill comes in the middle of Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. It's meant to remind residents that spring brings more potential for thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other weather-related problems.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)