Sirens will go off across the state Wednesday to remind Alabamians of the danger of tornadoes.
The sirens will go off as part of Severe Weather Awareness week. Its a yearly exercise to remind Alabama residents to make a tornado plan and to seek safety when severe weather threatens.
Tornadoes in Alabama killed 13 people and injured 123 in 2002.
The sirens will have particular significance in the Walker County town of Carbon Hill. Ten people were killed when two tornadoes hit the area on the night of Nov. 10.
Walker County Emergency Management Area Director Johnny Burnette said people would prepare for severe weather if they could have seen the destruction caused by the Carbon Hill storms.
Lightning, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, caused six deaths and 23 injuries across the state in 2002 -- that's the highest death toll in the last 15 years.
There were no flash flood-related deaths or injuries in 2002, due in part to the extensive drought conditions.
EMA officials said severe thunderstorms wind reached damaging force at least 238 times last year resulting in two injuries.
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Source: National Weather Service contributed to this report
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