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‘Programming issue’ kept sirens from sounding in northern Boone County during severe weather


A "programming issue" led to emergency sirens in northern Boone County to fail as severe weather entered the area on Thursday night, according to a Friday afternoon press release from the Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

In an earlier release, the agency stated it received reports that the sirens did not sound in northern Boone County, including the Hallsville and Centralia areas.

Friday afternoon's release says Boone County Joint Communications tried to activate the outdoor warning sirens from its radio console. The release says the issue has been corrected, but did not describe any details in what led to the programming issue to occur.

The storms hit the northern part of Boone County first and touched off a tornado warning. The National Weather Service has since said no tornado touched down. But winds did reach the 80-mph range.

According to the BCOEM warning sirens online map, there are two sirens in Hallsville and three in Centralia city limits with another siren between the two cities.

Last month a lightning strike caused a siren in north Columbia to activate without a warning.

More than 900 Boone Electric Cooperative members remained without power late Friday morning. Power was restored after 4 p.m. Friday.

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