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Published June 21, 2012, 06:36 PM

Some Asking Why Sirens Didn't Sound Wednesday Night

(WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks County was under a tornado warning on Wednesday night, but some are wondering why the storm sirens didn't sound in the city.

(WDAZ-TV) - Grand Forks County was under a tornado warning on Wednesday night, but some are wondering why the storm sirens didn't sound in the city.

Sirens are sounded for a tornado warning if a funnel cloud is spotted, if there's a wall cloud, for straight-line winds in excess of 58 miles-per-hour or if there is an imminent threat to the city.

City officials say they did not sound sirens last night because the storm was moving away from Grand Forks and there was no danger to people in town.

"It was in our area, but it wasn't within that area that would target us sounding the alarms so it did go out there were media reports that certainly went out but we didn't sound anything in the city of Grand Forks because there was not a threat to the city itself," Grand Forks Public Information Officer Kevin Dean said.

The Emergency Management Department is in charge of deciding when to sound the sirens.

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