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Published 3/24/2020
6:52pm

Michigan Statewide Tornado Drill Will Be Wednesday

Statewide Tornado Drill Wednesday March 25th at 1pm

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This is only a test.

On Wednesday, March 25th 2020, sirens will be activated across the state.  This is a test of the state's emergency alert system, specifically, the ability to warn residents in the event of a tornado.

This is a voluntary test and some communities have announced that, in light of COVID-19 concerns, they will opt out of turning the sirens on.

However, all residents are encouraged to use this time to develop or update your own family's plan should a tornado or other emergency occur.

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Update 3/22/2020

Art Van Furniture is suspending its liquidation sales due to the COVID-19. The Warren-based retailer said Thursday that it is following guidance by public health authorities. 

Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills and Twelve Oaks in Novi will close their doors through at least March 29th. The owner of both malls, Taubman Centers, is closing down nearly all of its malls nationwide. 

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is helping kids stay busy at home during school closures. The museum is closed, but its online portal to fun and activities is open.

An aging bridge in Detroit over I-94 is closed for repairs until Sunday. The Cass Avenue bridge between West Palmer and Antoinette has been shut down by the Michigan Department of Transportation.  

Operations at Flint Assembly have stopped due to concerns over the coronavirus. Employees were told Flint Assembly operations wrapped up after second shift. Flint Assembly will be back to operation March 30th. 

Ferris State University is closing all residence halls on campus as it offers online classes to students during the coronavirus outbreak. Ferris will offer remote instruction through June 1. 

Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar is keeping busy during the coronavirus pandemic. He held a telephone town hall Thursday afternoon and says he’s worked on legislation to help the country and Michigan.