Statewide tornado drill conducted Tuesday

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WICHITA, Kan. - Only two days after much of Kansas had snow, Kansas officials conducted a statewide tornado drill.

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week. And since Kansas has a reputation for being tornado alley, the drill is designed to be a reminder of how to protect yourself.

Kansas had a tornado as early as April 7 last year, in Russell County. But the state had none after mid-August. State emergency officials say the statewide total was 56, making 2013 the quietest tornado year since 1994.

About 80 percent of all the Kansas tornadoes developed during May, including 15 reported on a single day.

Randy Duncan with Sedgwick County emergency management says of the 147 warning sirens across Sedgwick County, 8 reported some type of error. Duncan says they were aware of 3 sirens with issues.

Maintenance crews will address the issues with the 8 malfunctioning sirens as soon as possible.

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