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Crews Work to Restore Huntsville Weather Radio Transmitter

Crews work to repair power poles on Monte Sano. (Image: National Weather Service)

Crews work to repair power poles on Monte Sano. (Image: National Weather Service)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Crews are working to repair and replace utility poles on Monte Sano, after they were damaged in Tuesday night’s severe storms. Once these poles are up again the National Weather Service in Huntsville expects the Huntsville Weather Radio Transmitter to be back online shortly after.

Utility Poles were knocked down on Monte Sano Tuesday, November 29

Utility Poles were knocked down on Monte Sano Tuesday, November 29 (Image: National Weather Service)

The transmitter went out after winds blew down utility poles and an EF-2 tornado passed within a half mile of the transmitter site Tuesday, November 29th. When the poles were downed, it cause a phone line to also go out. This line connects the National weather service office in Huntsville, off Sparkman Drive, to the transmitter on Monte Sano. This line being down has caused any NOAA Weather Radio tuned into that transmitter to go silent.

 

The wet weather and difficult terrain has kept crews from being able to make the repairs as quickly as they had hoped. They are also having special equipment brought in from Montgomery, AL. Once the poles are up and working again the phone company and the National Weather Service will be able to bring the Transmitter back online.

They are hopefully that the work can be done by the end of the week. The National Weather Service in Huntsville is looking into other options though, in case the work faces more complications. Verizon and the National Weather Service are planning on testing out 4G wireless connections. The weather office in Huntsville would join many others in the country currently testing out this method, but it does have its limitations (such as available cell service).

The latest statement from the National Weather Service in Huntsville is below:

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
237 PM CST Wed Dec 7 2016

…NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter in Huntsville offline…

NOAA Weather Radio station KIH-20, transmitting out of Huntsville
on a frequency of 162.400 MHz, is still off the air due to last
week’s Monte Sano-area tornado. Rainfall over the last few days
along with the location of the issue is challenging the efforts of
restoring communications to the transmitter. The issue has been
escalated as high as it can go. We are hopeful that some kind of
service can be restored this week.

During the outage, persons across the listening area can get
their weather information from other stations. They include:

WNG-642 out of Arab, transmitting on 162.525 MHz.
WWF-44 out of Fort Payne, transmitting on 162.500 MHz.

The latest weather information is also available at our website,
at http://weather.gov/huntsville.

We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause.