Madison Co. EMA says siren malfunction during storms has been fi - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Madison Co. EMA says siren malfunction during storms has been fixed

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Madison County EMA determined the cause related to the malfunctions of the Outdoor Warning System stemmed from a recent updgrade to the activation software for the system. 

We heard from many of our viewers throughout Madison County who said they did not hear the outdoor warning sirens sound Tuesday night in the middle of storms.  Several residents missed tornado warnings as well sounding through their NOAA weather radios.

The easy answer is they didn’t go off at all.

The EMA said the problem has since been corrected and they along with assistance from technical support will continue to monitor and test the system to ensure it is performing as expected. 

The National Weather Service confirmed a power outage affected service at the Huntsville transmitter. The outage affected the sirens warning system from sounding in addition to NOAA weather radios not alerting users either.

Meteorologist Lauren Jones explained how important it is to stay weather aware with multiple ways to receive alerts. Outdoor sirens are not intended to warning residents of potential dangers who are indoors.  

The WAFF 48 First Alert Weather App can send alerts directly to your phone or tablet once you enter your location. The free app is available in both the Google Play and Apple App stores.

You can also sign up for severe weather text alerts by texting 'WAFFSEVERE' to 24247.

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