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18 warning sirens being checked

The city of Oklahoma City says a test showed 18 of its 182 outdoor warning sirens are not working properly and may not sound in an emergency.

From the press release:

Some of the 18 sirens under repair had the power knocked out by recent storms, and the others may also have been damaged in the storms. A silent test Tuesday revealed these 18 sirens may be malfunctioning:

These sirens may not sound at all, or sound improperly, or sound normally. People in the area who may be outdoors during a severe thunderstorm should be aware they might not hear a siren sound during a tornado warning.

There’s no timeline yet on when all 18 sirens might be repaired, but crews are working to repair them as quickly as possible.

Unless there’s a threat of severe weather, the sirens will be tested at noon Saturday as normal. Anyone who can usually hear a siren during a test, but doesn’t hear a siren during Saturday’s test, should call (405) 231-2121 to report it.

Sirens are tested audibly every Saturday, unless there’s a severe weather threat. They’re tested silently every weekday.

William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›