St. Joseph County sirens activated without a tornado warning issued

Some people living on the north side of St Joseph County were questioning why the tornado sirens were going off when there was little rain. In fact a tornado warning was not issued.

According to St. Joseph County Emergency Management, the policy is to automatically activate the sirens if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning.

Also though if trained storm spotters or first responders see a tornado touch down they can call a dispatcher and activate the sirens.

That's what happened last night when a police officer on the south side of the county saw what he thought was a funnel cloud.

Emergency Management Deputy Director Rick Tripp says, “There were several funnel clouds last night. The sirens were never set off because they never developed but we had somebody that saw something on the ground and they thought it was dangerous so the sirens were set off.”

At one point Wakarusa was facing some severe weather.

Unfortunately with the current plan though, all of the alarms must be activated not just in certain parts of the county.

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