Last summer, Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management upgraded the county’s tornado warning system. But they failed to warn residents on Thursday that a storm was near.
Heavy rain, strong winds and potentially severe weather are sweeping across Tennessee today, and a front coming through just after noon prompted a series of tornado warnings. But there wasn’t immediate confirmation of any tornado touchdowns.
A long-awaited upgrade to Nashville’s tornado warning system has been completed. Emergency managers said Wednesday they’d added 20 additional sirens in rural areas, as well as upgrading 93 existing alarms (read list of locations or view map below).
Right now, warnings are just a computerized tone, but they will soon sound like an actual siren. Officials hope the new sound will be louder and more recognizable.