Tornado siren alert: Athens to test system by sounding the alarm on Wednesday

Athens-Clarke County and the University of Georgia will activate all 12 tornado warning sirens on Wednesday morning as a test of the system.

The sirens are expected to sound at about 9 a.m.

The test is part of the Severe Weather Awareness Week that began Monday and goes through Friday, according to a news release from the city.

Oconee forest:U.S. Senator supports purchase of new land in Oconee National Forest

The sirens are located near large outdoor spaces that are frequently populated and are designed to alert those outside to seek immediate shelter when a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, according to the release.

In a real situation, the sirens are activated only during a tornado warning and not for other severe weather watches.

The sirens are located at Sandy Creek Park, Holland Youth Sports Complex, Bishop Park, West Broad Street at Old Epps Bridge Road, the College Avenue Parking Deck, the UGA Chemistry Building, the UGA University Village Community, Hilsman Middle School, the City of Winterville, Southeast Clarke Park, the UGA State Botanical Garden, and the UGA East Campus Parking Deck.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Athens and UGA to test tornado siren system on Wednesday