Limestone County reports malfunctioning EMA siren

Athens

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Did you hear the weather sirens in Limestone County Friday night? Numerous viewers reached out to WHNT News 19 wondering what was going on without a weather emergency.

The Limestone County Emergency Management System (EMA) said that at 10 p.m. on Friday the siren near Lisa Lane and Mooresville Road malfunctioned due to an electronic failure.

Officials said the failure caused a high-low alarm sound, which is not the normal sound used to warn the public.

The Limestone County EMA said upon receiving notice of the malfunction, a communications technician was dispatched and responded within one hour.

Due to the malfunction, the siren will be out of service until repairs can be made, the EMA said.

The Limestone County EMA said the warning sirens will be activated under the following conditions:

1. A Tornado Warning has been issued for Limestone County.

2. A Tornado Warning has been issued for an adjoining county and the tornado is expected to move into Limestone County.

3. An emergency exists at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and the public should be alerted to take specific actions.

4. A National Emergency exists and the public should be alerted to take specific actions.

The warning sirens are tested on the second Monday of each month at 9:15 a.m.