Colbert County Tornado Siren Gives False Alarm

Residents across the Valley stayed on high alert as the strong storms pushed through North Alabama Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

That’s why when an outdoor weather siren sounded in Tuscumbia, people who lived there became concerned.

The Colbert County Emergency Management Agency is left scratching their heads, as to what exactly caused one of the 30 outdoor weather sirens they have, to go off during the middle of the night?

“It’s all a big mystery to us as to what caused that siren to basically do what it was doing last night,” said Mike Melton with the EMA.

The siren in question is located on Highway 72 across from the post office in Tuscumbia.

Not only was it sounding, it was not even using one of the programmed alerts used to warn residents of severe weather.

“It wasn’t accepting any commands from our encoder, so basically we had to go out to the siren site and shut it off,” said Melton.

Mike Melton says that Colbert County’s 911 dispatchers were inundated with calls when the siren started going off.

“Everybody is still very anxious about what happened in April.  So it couldn’t have happened at a worse time, however there wasn’t a whole lot that we could do about that other than to just disable the siren,” said Melton.

Melton says he hopes to get the siren back on-line as soon as they can figure out what caused the false alarm.

Melton hopes to use the malfunction as a reminder to residents to use weather radios and to stay in touch with local media reports during times of severe weather.

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