Sedgwick County apologizes for premature tornado warning siren

June 25, 2019 - 5:31 am

Sedgwick County is addressing a tornado siren error early Sunday morning.  Around 4:45 a.m., a police dispatcher responding to incoming severe weather information from the National Weather Service evaluated the threat to Sedgwick County and activated the outdoor sirens county-wide. The sirens sounded for about 30 seconds before being canceled. The threat at the time was for Sumner and Cowley County. 

Fifteen minutes later, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for a portion of Sedgwick County around the Derby area. Dispatch then correctly activated sirens in the affected part of the county only. 

In a post on their Facebook page Sedgwick County is apologizing for any confusion. The county notes that tornado sirens are not intended to be the first or only warning for residents. Weather radios, media, and weather apps should also be monitored at times of severe weather.


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