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Texarkana tornado siren glitch identified, fix in the works


Texarkana city officials say they believe they have narrowed down the source of the malfunction that caused the city's tornado siren system to go off on Sunday night and again on Monday.

According to Texarkana, Texas Fire Chief, Eric Schlotter, one possible cause of the malfunction could be outside radio interference.

After testing the computerized system on Wednesday, Texarkana, AR spokesperson Lisa Thompson says one siren has been identified that was not working. Everything else, Thompson says, should be working fine.

Thompson says a new, unique tone is going to be added as the trigger to set the signal off in the case of real emergencies, in hopes of avoiding the chance of normal outside traffic inadvertently setting it off.

The sirens are tested every Wednesday in allowable weather, and will continue to be monitored for proper performance.

Residents can sign up to receive weather alerts through CodeRed on the City's website www.ci.texarkana.tx.us.

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