(KMOV) – A nationally-known meteorologist says sounding sirens county-wide during severe weather does more harm than good.
“We’ve got to get back to a situation where sirens are sounded only in areas threatened by a tornado, so that a siren going off means ‘take cover,’” says Mike Smith of AccuWeather.
Smith believes that the current system for sounding tornados is having a negative effect. “You’re training people to ignore the sirens, and that’s dangerous,” he says.
The Emergency Management Agency says there’s approximately 190 sirens in St. Louis County, and all of them are activated if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning affecting any part of St. Louis County.