"There's a strong possibility of strong damaging winds, but not to the degree we saw April 3", Pritchett said.
He said the National Weather Service is expected to have a teleconference with the EMA directors this afternoon.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has issued a PDS (particularly risky situation) tornado watch for parts of Region 8. The afternoon drill ends at 2:00 p.m.
"Strong southerly winds will continue today ahead of a cold front arriving later tonight", a NWS advisory says.
Slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon, mainly east of Topeka toward Lawrence, St. Joseph and Kansas City.
We will use this site to update weather watches and warnings.
Schools, businesses, families and individuals have two opportunities to test their emergency plans during the statewide drills, which are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage everyone in Wisconsin to be ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.
The scattered storms that are moving through East Texas at this time are not expected to become severe, a few may be fairly strong, but the more severe weather is beginning to form north and northwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth area at this time. "We'll need to watch for flooding and a potential threat of flash flooding".