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EMA shelves second day of weather siren tests
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Forsyth County News
A second day of testing for Forsyth County's 12 new outdoor severe weather sirens has been scrapped after officials were not pleased with the first day of tests.

Lorraine Morris, the county's emergency management coordinator, said the testing ran from 9 a.m. to noon today.

"We did not have satisfactory results, so we're going to have to look further into some issues that we're having and try to do some repairs tomorrow," Morris said.

The sirens, which will sound in the event of a tornado warning, are part of a countywide network.

One of the new sirens is a replacement. The other 11 were recently installed at various locations throughout the county. They are designed to warn those who are outside and can be heard about a mile away.

Once the system is up and running, the Forsyth County EMA will test the sirens at noon on the first Wednesday of every month, weather permitting.

The monthly tests will sound like Westminster chimes.

The sirens are operated from the Forsyth County 911 Center. They cost $20,000 to $25,000 each and were paid for out of the county’s capital fund.