Brentwood tornado sirens triggered despite lack of NWS warning - Tucson News Now

Brentwood tornado sirens triggered despite lack of NWS warning

BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

Tornado sirens sounded Sunday night in Brentwood, but it turns out there was never a tornado warning. City officials say the problem is with a private company that monitors approaching weather.

There was a severe thunderstorm watch for the area at the time, but Brentwood officials say the Weather Sentry software they use showed a cone on the radar and detected rotation in the clouds.

"That weather service indicted that there was possibly a tornado heading in the direction of Brentwood that was four or five miles outside the city of Brentwood," said Assistant Police Chief Tommy Walsh.

Based on that information, dispatchers sounded the alarm.

"There was no equipment malfunction. Actually, the equipment worked exactly as it was supposed to work. The sirens went off as it was designed," Walsh said.

Brentwood realtor Vivian Armstrong didn't think twice when she heard the tornado sirens blaring through her neighborhood.

"The weather was kicking up pretty bad, and the alarm went off, so I brought everyone from upstairs down to the downstairs level," Armstrong said.

Her family took cover only to find out there was no tornado approaching at all.

"As far as it being a mistake, no, I'm still thankful someone was trying to do what they thought was best," Armstrong said.

Many residents Channel 4 found Monday say they are accustomed to hearing the tornado sirens tested on the first Saturday each month. And with the devastation and destruction tornadoes caused Sunday in other states, they say they had no problem with the sirens being inadvertently activated.

"I'd like to think that we'll give them all a high priority when they go off. But I know my nature, and much of human nature, that after a while, we get to go, 'It's just another one of those,'" said Brentwood resident Phill Bennett.

City officials say that's certainly not the intention.

"The last thing we want to do is create an environment where the citizens are not paying attention when the sirens go off. We want them to be paying attention and go to their safe place," Walsh said.

Channel 4 News attempted to contact the private company for comment, but a representative has not returned a phone call.

Brentwood police say they talked with the company and they said they use the same Doppler radar as the National Weather Service. They say they saw some rotation on the radar, so that's why they believed there could have been possible tornadic activity.

There was no glitch in any software on the private company's end or on the city's end.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • 'Actions Speak Louder' benefit concert held in downtown Tucson

    'Actions Speak Louder' benefit concert held in downtown Tucson

    Monday, October 23 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-10-23 15:39:39 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    Local musicians took the stage in downtown Tucson on Saturday night for a benefit concert to help the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria. It’s all for the "Actions Speak Louder" concert. Organizers said after seeing all of the recent tragedies, they felt compelled to do something to make a difference. 58 people lost their lives in the mass shooting at a country concert in Las Vegas.

    Local musicians took the stage in downtown Tucson on Saturday night for a benefit concert to help the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas and those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

  • Hearings begin for TEP solar rate case

    Hearings begin for TEP solar rate case

    Monday, October 23 2017 9:39 AM EDT2017-10-23 13:39:55 GMT

    TEP’s rate case will go before the Arizona Corporation Commission starting Monday, Oct. 23. The utility is asking for increased rates for new solar customers, claiming the new rates would reflect the current solar market. TEP said those affected would see a $14 increase on their monthly bill, but would still see an $85 monthly savings by going solar. But many solar activists are not onboard with this idea, saying the new rates are TEP?...

    TEP’s rate case will go before the Arizona Corporation Commission starting Monday, Oct. 23. The utility is asking for increased rates for new solar customers, claiming the new rates would reflect the current solar market. TEP said those affected would see a $14 increase on their monthly bill, but wou

  • Vegetable products recalled over Listeria concerns

    Vegetable products recalled over Listeria concerns

    Monday, October 23 2017 8:47 AM EDT2017-10-23 12:47:09 GMT
    (Source: www.veggiesmadeeasy.com)(Source: www.veggiesmadeeasy.com)

    Mann Packing has issued a voluntary recall of many vegetable products after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a sample. Listeria can cause serious even deadly infections in kids and people with weak immune systems.  The recalled products have “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20, and were distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company issued the following news release, which contains the full list of affected products. Manns Recalls Pro...

    Mann Packing has issued a voluntary recall of many vegetable products after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a sample. Listeria can cause serious even deadly infections in kids and people with weak immune systems.  The recalled products have “best if used by” dates from October 11 to October 20, and were distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company issued the following news release, which contains the full list of affected products. Manns Recalls Pro...

Powered by Frankly