1 Tornado Siren Fails to Sound in Wausau during Test

Wausau city crews will be working on a siren at Riverview Elementary School after it failed to sound during a test Monday afternoon.

A city worker at the scene told NewsChannel 7 a long winter could be to blame. NewsChannel 7 had a reporter at the scene at 1:15 p.m. when the siren was expected to sound, despite that siren not sounding he said a siren from a different location could be heard.

According to the city's website, although the sirens do cause some disturbance to residents who are located near them, they remain one of the most effective means of providing emergency warnings, particularly during hours when many people do not have ready access to weather broadcasts.

The city of Wausau will test their tornado sirens every Monday at 1:15 until October 1.

Some cities, like Merrill, test their sirens year-round.


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