Explainer: Why didn’t tornado sirens sound Sunday night?

Following news that an EF-1 tornado touched down during Sunday night’s severe weather event, some have questioned why the county tornado sirens did not sound.

The short answer: the National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning.

The weather service issued a severe thunderstorm warning with a tag that noted quick, spin-up tornadoes were possible, and advised people to take cover in a basement or interior room.

Local dispatch is in charge of activating the sirens, but protocol dictates that sirens only be activated if a tornado warning is issued.

Weather experts recommend people have multiple ways to receive weather warnings and not rely solely on sirens.

 

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