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Published June 14, 2011, 05:02 PM

Some Asking Why Sirens Sounded Monday Night

Even though Grand Forks was spared from any storm activity Monday night, the sirens were sounded in town at about 7:45.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Even though Grand Forks was spared from any storm activity Monday night, the sirens were sounded in town at about 7:45.

That left some questioning why.

Grand Forks Public information Officer Kevin Dean says city policy requires sirens sound if there is a funnel cloud or tornado spotted within 20 miles of the city limits.

That was the case Monday night after a funnel cloud was spotted northwest of Grand Forks.

"There may be some peolple that say that Grand Forks wasn't in danger. You have to understand that summer weather, severe weather is very unpredictable. It's not like blizzards, it's not like floods. This can crop up in a number of seconds," Dean said.

Dean says the sirens will also sound when a tornado warning is issued, for wall cloud sightings and straight line winds in excess of 58 miles an hour.

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