Tornado sirens not working in Middlesboro

One Eastern Kentucky city that is prone to tornadoes does not have working emergency sirens.

Our cameras caught what appeared to be a funnel cloud moving over Middlesboro one week ago.

A tornado touched down in the city last year and caused major damage.

City officials said the siren system needs to be replaced, and the recent storms are proof of that.

"Of course it's a little scarier now because we've got warnings and watches that we may have never gotten years ago. But keep up with these. Our sirens will be in place eventually," said Bill Kelley, Middlesboro Mayor.

Kelley said he has notified Governor Steve Beshear's office that the city needs working sirens immediately.

Officials hope they will be able to find money to purchase a digital warning system.

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