- There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday. That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill. It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill."The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
The National Weather Service issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Tornado Warnings. Oneida County Emergency Management has a direct line to the National Weather Service. If they get either warning, they sound the sirens in Rhinelander."There's actually three different locations that the sirens are located. In addition to that, the town of pelican has one at Nicolet College," said Kortenhof. "The Nicolet College siren works off of the city siren, so the criteria is the same as far as being activated."The towns of Minocqua, Hazelhurst, and Woodruff will sound off the sirens only for Tornado Warnings or sighted funnel clouds or tornadoes. The sirens in Rhinelander are tested every Wesdnesday at 9:00 am between April 1st and October 31st.
Story By: Matt Brooks