This is a test, this is only a test; NOAA weather radio test Wednesday

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:00pm

The National Weather Service will issue a test tornado warning on the NOAA Weather Radio system at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.

The test warning will be issued under the "Routine Weekly Test" header, and will not impact the emergency alert system. If you own a weather radio, the test message will activate with the test audio message.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service recommend participating in Wednesday's test, "This would be a good time to make sure your NOAA Weather Radio is in good working order and review your severe weather plans."

Typically, severe weather season peaks in the Spring in Louisiana. However, a secondary spike in activity can occur in the Fall and Winter.

"Historical records show that the fall season, particularly November, has produced a large share of severe weather in Gulf Coast region," adds the NWS in Slidell. "Severe weather may take the form of damaging straight-line winds, tornadoes, and large hail."

To stay safe during severe weather, here are some important rules to follow:

If a watch is issued for your area...closely follow local media and NOAA Weather Radio for potential warnings. Be prepared to move to a safe location.

If a warning is issued for your area...take action immediately. Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of a well constructed building away from doors or windows. An interior small room such as a bathroom or closet, or even a hallway away from doors and windows are typically the best location.

If you are living in a travel trailer or mobile homes make sure it is anchored securely as these structures are more vulnerable to severe thunderstorm winds and tornadoes. If possible, move to stronger and well constructed building if severe weather develops.  

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