Sullivan sirens remain silent despite tornado warning - KMOV.com

Sullivan sirens remain silent despite tornado warning

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SULLIVAN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Storm sirens in Sullivan remained silent Wednesday night after the National Weather Service announced a tornado warning for the area.

The Sullivan Police Department is responsible for activating sirens, if a tornado warning is issued for the city or a neighboring county.

Police Chief Randy Counts said the sirens remained silent because a busy dispatcher failed to turn them on.

"Unfortunately in our business a mistake we make could be severe, and that will be discussed at length," said Chief Counts.

The police chief said he will meet with the dispatcher on duty to review the department's severe weather safety policy.

Two confirmed tornadoes touched down near Caledonia in Washington County and in Jefferson County.

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