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Century Middle School students sit down in an inner gymnasium during the statewide tornado drill Thursday until given the all-clear to return to their classrooms. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Sirens heard Thursday part of statewide tornado drill

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Sirens heard Thursday part of statewide tornado drill
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Century Middle School students were among many people rushing to windowless rooms as a siren rang Thursday afternoon. But don't worry - it was just a drill.


Hubbard County participated in a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness week in Minnesota.

The daytime drill was at 1:45 p.m. and the evening drill was at 6:55 p.m.

Schools, governmental offices, healthcare facilities and businesses were asked to participate in the afternoon drill to be prepared in the event of a real tornado.

Century Middle School principal Bruce Gravalin announced the drill at the school Thursday afternoon and asked for teachers and students to head to their safe rooms. These rooms included choir and band rooms, locker rooms, storage rooms and bathrooms.

Hubbard County is not immune to severe weather - residents experienced an EF 3 tornado last June.

"The event clearly demonstrated that severe weather does happen in Hubbard County," said David W. Konshok, emergency management director, in a news release.

Hubbard County and areas to the west and north experienced flooding this spring, another case of severe weather.

Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management organized Severe Weather Awareness week.