The state of Michigan wants to make sure we're prepared for severe weather.

WLNS reports that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared March 24-30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

While severe weather can occur at an time in Michigan, tornados are most common in Michigan during in late spring and early summer.

According to a Michigan State Police Facebook post, there will be a statewide tornado drill March 27 at 1p.m.

MSP says this is a good opportunity to test your emergency plans.

Michigan.gov lists these signs to watch for, indicating a potential tornado:

  • Dark, often greenish sky
  • Large hail
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
  • Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
  • If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Find tips on tornado and thunderstorm safety here.