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Five Tornado Sirens in Jonesboro Not Working

JONESBORO, AR - Jonesboro city council members say the failure of five tornado sirens during Tuesday's storms has resulted in a tremendous number of calls from concerned residents.

Public Works Director Erick Woodruff told the council yesterday that it appears that lightning struck some of the sirens and that others failed for unknown causes.

Alderman Cecil Province says residents who lived through deadly tornadoes in 1968 and 1973 are more concerned than younger residents.

The 1968 tornado killed 34 people.  The one in 1973 killed three people but left $61.5 million in damage.

Province said there's no need to place blame for the sirens not working but that the city should get them fixed.

The city is also talking about expanding its siren coverage area.

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