Severe weather postpones drill

With thunderstorms striking from the west where tornadoes raged overnight, Columbus' severe weather drill today has been postponed because of severe weather.

Tuesday, tornadoes struck in Arkansas and Tennessee killing dozens. Columbus is under a tornado watch until 2 p.m.

The city will hold its Severe Weather Awareness Week exercise Friday, when between 9 and 10 a.m. the city's warning sirens will sound and those conducting drills should take cover.

"The National Weather Service has asked that we literally put off a severe weather drill for severe weather, but I think it will be wise," Riley Land of the city's Emergency Management Division told city leaders Tuesday evening. "We'll try to conduct it Friday, provided the weather is nice." Authorities do not sound the warning sirens for a drill when real storms could erupt. Listeners might assume a true storm warning that day was just a drill and not take precautions.

Area residents who'd like to serve on the front line of storm detection can take a three-hour National Weather Service storm spotter class at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

To find out more, call 706-225-4073.