Here's Why Dallas' Outdoor Warning Sirens Didn't Go Off During the Sunday Storm

As North Texas braved perilous storms Sunday afternoon, cities received a severe storm warning from the National Weather Service.But Dallas officials, based on a technicality, decided not to sound the city's outdoor warning sirens, meant to alert those who are outside to seek shelter.In fact, no North Texas city used the sirens Sunday, said Rocky Vaz, director of Dallas' Office of Emergency Management. While one woman drowned after her boat flipped on Eagle Mountain Lake northeast of Fort Worth, no other known injuries have been reported for people who were outdoors during the storm.Still, the severe thunderstorm, which brought 70-mph winds and flash floods, have prompted some to wonder why the sirens didn't go off. But Vaz said the National Weather Service's warning didn't meet the minimum criteria used to set off the sirens."There's a lot of thought behind the process and procedures," Vaz said.  Continue reading...

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