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Wausau sirens shouldn't have sounded during storm

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Warning sirens sounded Tuesday night in Wausau, but not in Stevens Point where the brunt of the storm hit. Emergency Management leaders say, the sirens shouldn't have sounded at all.

Emergency Management crews want to stress that the sirens are only used when there is a tornado warning. Officials believe the tornado sirens went off in Wausau due to a malfunction--possibly lightning striking one of the sirens.

The warning sirens are tested each week in both Wausau and Stevens Point.

Officials said the sirens are only supposed to be used when there is a tornado warning or other very serious weather event, not during thunderstorms.

"That's the policy that we have because we're probably afraid that we don't want people to become complacent by crying wolf," said Emergency Management Planner Jerome Boettcher.

Multiple sirens sounded in the Wausau metro area Tuesday night, but officials don't have an exact count of how many were set off. Emergency Management leaders said once the sirens sounded, they were quickly canceled within a few minutes.

An investigation into the cause of the malfunction is ongoing.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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