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Lewiston tornado sirens out of order

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LEWISTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- As we saw Monday, warning time means everything and could save your life in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado. But one way to get that warning in Lewiston won't work for some time.

During a routine test it was found that one of Lewiston's warning systems was not functioning. If warnings are issued in Lewiston in the next 3-5 weeks, you won't hear a siren.

Tornadoes know no boundaries.  These violent storms can strike anywhere.  Lewiston knows that all too well with a couple of strikes in the last 35 years.  In June 1999, an F2 Tornado went through Lewiston.

"It did do quite a bit of damage in town here," said Gary Babcock of Lewiston Public Works.

In a situation like this, having advanced warning means everything when it comes to protecting yourself and your family.  For the time being there will be one less way to get that warning in Lewiston.

"A siren was purchased about a week and a half ago, but this is severe weather season so everybody needs their sirens," said Lewiston Safety Coordinator Matt Essig.

The city has been vigilant in making sure residents and schools know the situation. City officials are urging residents to pay even closer attention to the weather forecasts.

"There's a lot of good things that came out of this.  The communication between the city departments.  With one phone call on Sunday afternoon we had an office out alerting residents," Essig said.

Winona County emergency management has put Lewiston on the code red setting, meaning that if a warning is issued, you will receive a call if your number is in the 911 database.

To make sure that number is correct, go to Winona County's website. We have a link to it on ours at KTTC.com/links.

It is also not a bad idea for everyone to purchase a weather radio.  You can also get warnings if you have a smart phone by downloading our weather app.  Just search KTTC in the App Store.

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