Severe weather delays Florida tornado drill 2 days

Posted at 1:34 PM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 08:37:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida emergency management officials are delaying a statewide tornado drill due to severe weather that could include real tornadoes.

The drill was scheduled for Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Florida. Officials say they are rescheduling it for Friday because of hazardous weather forecast for north Florida and the Panhandle.

The National Weather Service is predicting 90 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms likely, and it has issued a flood advisory for some areas.

The forecast says the primary threat is damaging wind but that tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Those threats should be over in time for the rescheduled tornado drill.

Schools and daycare centers are being urged to participate. A simulated tornado warning will be broadcast on weather radio.