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Ohio got an early start to spring severe weather this year.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in Fairfield County on Feb. 28. According to the NWS, this was the first February tornado since 1993.

Ohio also experienced straight-lined winds, heavy rains and severe thunderstorms – which resulted in moderate to major flooding.

Gov. John Kasich has declared March 20-26 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Ohio.

As part of a coordinated effort with the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, Ohio will participate in a statewide tornado drill and test its Emergency Alert System on Wednesday, March 23 at 9:50 a.m.

Schools, businesses and households are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans

The best defense when faced with floods or tornadoes or any severe weather is event preparedness:

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article courtesy of Wkyc.com

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