2014's first tornado warning comes on tornado safety day

(WBIR) The year's first batch of severe weather moved through East Tennessee during severe weather awareness week.

The National Weather Service conducts the annual event to call attention to the peak of severe weather season, which typically occurs in Tennessee from March through May.

The National Weather Service in Morristown confirmed to 10News that Wednesday morning marked the first severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings they've issued for 2014.

It just so happens that Wednesday is also scheduled to be tornado safety and preparedness day.

Wednesday's tornado safety events include a statewide tornado drill, including a test of the NOAA Weather Radio. In most schools, students will also learn and practice what to do during a tornado warning.

Severe weather awareness week runs through Friday, February 21.

Here's a list of events from the National Weather Service:

  • Sunday, February 16 - Important Role of SKYWARN Spotters
  • Monday, February 17 - Hazards of Flooding and Flash Floods
  • Tuesday, February 18 - Lightning, the Underrated Killer
  • Wednesday, February 19 - Tornado Safety and Preparedness with statewide Tornado Drill
  • Thursday, February 20 - Severe Thunderstorms and the Devastating Effects of Severe Storms
  • Friday, February 21 - NOAA Weather Radio and The Emergency Alert System

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