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Tornado sirens in Pacific weren't working during recent storms

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A routine test Sunday discovered all five sirens were inoperable. (Credit: KMOV) A routine test Sunday discovered all five sirens were inoperable. (Credit: KMOV)
PACIFIC (KMOV.com) -

News 4 learned all of the storm sirens in Pacific were broken on Monday and would not have been able to warn residents if late night storms had produced a tornado nearby.

"Being a new mom, I was already nervous about the storms. The fact that if something would have happened and I wouldn't have known about it is a little scary," said Pacific resident Jessica Weber.

City administrator, Steve Roth said a routine test Sunday discovered all five sirens were inoperable and an attempt to repair them on Monday failed. He admitted the timing on the breakdown was bad.

"I live here in town, I went to bed Monday knowing the sirens weren't operational and I didn't like it either," said Roth.

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Wentzville and another in Warren County.  Two weak EF-0 tornadoes touched down in Jefferson County. 

Roth said he expects the sirens to be operational again on Friday after a technician comes in to solve a software problem with the siren control equipment.

"We recognize they don't work and as soon as we learned that we got on it. And we will stay on it until their fixed," said Roth.


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