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Crystal Lake tornado sirens

Published: Sunday, July 6, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

What’s up with the Crystal Lake tornado sirens? We’ve lived near the downtown area less than a mile from a siren for nearly 20 years and have easily heard them blaring on a few occasions. Last week, we were sitting by an open window at 2 a.m. when they went off and they were so faint. If we had been asleep, or even awake with the window closed, there’s no way we would’ve heard them.

I called the city the next morning and was told the wind muffles the sirens, so it’s not surprising they are hard to hear. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? If a tornado were coming, wouldn’t windy conditions be a given?

At any rate, I wanted to suggest that you download a tornado warning app on your phone rather than count on the sirens, which may give you a false sense of security, especially in the middle of the night.

Shari Ledermann

Crystal Lake

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