Why did the tornado sirens sound in north Oklahoma City?

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It may have a small-town feel to some residents, but Oklahoma City is actually very large when you look at its square mileage.

On Wednesday, many residents heard tornado sirens sounding outside their homes.

However, there was no tornado in sight for residents on the city’s northwest side.

Authorities say tornado sirens will sound across Oklahoma City any time the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for an area inside city limits.

“Think about a busy parent hearing sirens at their office in north Oklahoma City where the weather seems fine, but their teenager is home alone on the south side and might be in danger,” said Frank Barnes, the city’s emergency manager. “Our policy is to sound sirens everywhere in the City, no matter where the tornado threat is, so people know to seek more information about the weather and decide what protective measures they need to take.”

In all, Oklahoma City has 182 tornado warning sirens.

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