UPDATE: Weather radios remain offline for many after phone line goes down

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - As heavy rain, wind and thunder grew loud Tuesday night, many weather radios went silent.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville says a downed phone line took weather radios offline for all of Madison County.

Counties covered by the Huntsville weather radio broadcast (Image: National Weather Service)

Counties covered by the Huntsville weather radio broadcast (Image: National Weather Service)

This is not just affecting people who live in Madison County, though. The Huntsville transmitter's signal spreads out into eight neighboring counties.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville suggests that until the outage is fixed, people can tune their weather radios to the stations based in either Arab or Fort Payne.

Weather radios are triggered by transmitter.  Darden says, "We have six weather radios that cover north Alabama and southern Tennessee, and our weather radio transmitter here in Huntsville suffered an issue about 9:30 [p.m. Tuesday]."

As of Thursday afternoon, they still don't have the ability to trigger weather radios from the impacted tower. The National Weather Service in Huntsville released the following statement Thursday morning:

"After further investigation, the problem stems from a phone line connection that is down. This likely occurred due to the tornado that hit the Monte Sano area, where the transmitter is located. We have a priority ticket with the phone company to repair the issue, but it is unknown when the line will be repaired."

Unrelated to the weather radio outage, many viewers also expressed concern over not hearing any outdoor warning sirens in Madison County during Tuesday night's tornado warnings. WHNT News 19 took action and got answers from the Madison County Emergency Management Agency.

The Madison County EMA says an error in coding in the activation software on the sirens caused the sirens to not sound at all Tuesday night.