Lightning Suspected In Auburn Warning Siren Malfunction

(WIBW) - Even though they were in the path of the storm, people in Auburn did not hear the sirens when they were under a tornado warning Friday night.

Dusty Nichols with Shawnee County Emergency Management says Auburn's outdoor warning siren did not sound. Nichols says it's believed a lightning strike either just before or as the siren sounded may have caused the malfunction. He says it tested fine during Monday's weekly test.

Nichols says a crew was already examining the siren Friday night. He says the county's siren contractor was notified and will do repairs as soon as possible.

Meantime, residents are urged to use weather radios and other alert systems during storms.

Nichols also said officials received questions as to why sirens were sounding, going silent, then sounding again. He says that the system is designed to turn off after three minutes, then it is triggered again. He says the county does not sound an all-clear siren when a warning ends.

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