Most silent tornado sirens working again in Boyle County

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) The shrill wail of tornado sirens pierced the air in Boyle County Friday afternoon.

"It sounds like 14 fire trucks coming through here," said Derek Greer.

It’s hard to miss the scream of the sirens, so when a tornado warning from the National Weather Service was met with silence on Saturday, Mike Wilder knew something was wrong.

"We were surprised, that was the first time in my recollection that all of them have never been activated at the same time," he said.

Wilder is the director of Emergency Management in Boyle County.

He says none of their 19 sirens went off Saturday when a tornado was spotted about 30 miles away - and people noticed.

"When it doesn't happen, when it doesn't work that's when our safety is in danger," Greer said.

Wilder said, "It brought a lot of concern.”

They determined a glitch with the radio system that’s used to activate the sirens was keeping them from turning on.

After working to fix the problem, they tested the sirens Friday afternoon and heard what they'd been missing.

Wilder says the radio signal still isn't firing the sirens in Perryville or in downtown Junction City. He says they have a technician looking into the issue and it should be fixed by the end of the week.

Although the blaring sirens can sometimes cause a bit of a headache, it's a welcome sound to some because they say it brings some peace of mind.

"Everybody wants to feel secure, especially in times like this," said Greer.

Wilder says they normally test the sirens on the first Friday of the month but they didn’t test them this month because they were dealing with severe winter weather.

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