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    Posted: Apr 05 2017 at 9:03am


From the City of Monroe:
We will be conducting our weather siren testing as scheduled today at noon. Our area has the potential to see severe weather later this afternoon and evening, especially after 3:00 p.m. Since no severe weather is expected during the time the sirens are tested, we want to make sure they are fully functional in the event a real activation would be required later today.

As an additional reminder to citizens, the sirens are intended for those who are outside so they can take cover indoors. Residents should pay attention to the weather on their preferred local news via television, radio, internet, or NOAA weather radios. Here is a link to the National Weather Service Thunderstorm, Tornado, and Lightning Preparedness
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What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) that may be impacted by an on-going severe thunderstorm.

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We live about a mile north of sirens. Did not hear, and haven't since new system istalled, although we DID, weekly , prior. Sure hope we don't have severe weather tlnight...especially since we did not hear test.
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Sounds like they need another siren.
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Don't they test them every Wednesday at noon?? We haven't heard them for a very long time. Granted, our windows are closed during the winter, but we haven't heard the Monroe sirens in a long while. We do here the radio testing of "Emergency Broadcast" System every Wednesday as we eat (or prepare) our lunch.
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