Severe weather siren zapped by lightning

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

After the March 2 tornado outbreak, not having a severe weather warning system in the mountains is not an option.

Lightning struck one of those sirens in Corbin, and today the Corbin Fire Department and Corbin Utilities worked until it was fixed.

One lightning strike silenced one siren.

But after a full day's work, the alarm is now quite deafening.

One of the four speakers harnessing 400 watts alone took a direct hit burning up the entire system.

The zapped severe weather warning system needed to be a quick fix with a history of tornados in the area and severe weather on its way.

"Due to storms, possible tornados, just like we had in London and different places getting hit, citizens need to be warned," said Marlon Sams, who is Corbin's city manager.

With a total of eight sirens in the city, this particular one alarmed nearly 4,000 people living in East Corbin.

"Corbin is kind of spread out. It gives them an advantage if you're on the east side of town and something goes off on the north side or south side, you could be able to hear it," said Sams.

Without hesitation officials wired the system back together no matter the expense.

"A little bit costly, but if it saves a life, then it's worth it," said Chad Jackson, a firefighter with the Corbin Fire Department.

The fire chief says tax payer dollars were used to get the siren back in working order.

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