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How counties determine when to sound a tornado siren

(Toledo News Now) - Most people in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan probably heard severe weather sirens during Thursday's storms. With storm season rolling in, you'll probably hear them a few more times.

In Wood County, they sounded their sirens at several different times Thursday. Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says the challenge Thursday was that they had several different storms, in many different parts of the county, which is pretty unusual.

When it comes to emergency sirens, Wood County is split into thirds. On Thursday, all three sirens were set off at some point during the day.

The sheriff says the decision to sound an alarm is based on what the National Weather Service says, and it's different than a few years ago, when they were only set off if a tornado was spotted. Now, the county is told to set them off if conditions are right for a tornado.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn says he highly recommends everyone get a weather radio, because if you're inside, you may not hear the sirens.

"The outdoor, early-morning sirens are exactly what their title says - they're only for outdoors,” he said. “They're not for people to hear in their house. Yes, you may live close to one and can hear it in your house, but they're not designed for structures.”

For information on where and when to purchase a weather radio and have it programmed, click here.

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