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Tornado sirens across Missouri were tested for the first time this year

HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) - Tornado sirens sounded off across Missouri Thursday, including right here in the Tri-States. But don't worry, it was just test.

Hannibal residents heard their first tornado siren test of 2014 at 1:30 p.m. John Hark, Marion County's emergency management director, says they had to postpone the tornado drill from Tuesday to Thursday because of recent winter weather.

"You don't sound a tornado siren once the tornado is here," Hark said. "You sound it to try and give a warning to people outdoors, and that's the key."

"They're an outdoor warning system. To get inside and seek shelter. We want to be sure they work." Hark added.

Hark says the sirens must be tested before severe weather season. So if anything on the siren is damaged, they can repair it.

"It's like anything," Hark said. "In order to be prepared and be ready, you've got to know that your equipment is working and functioning. So we test every month to be sure that they're working. And if there's a minor glitch in one or something that we can get that worked out."

Hark says 13 of the 16 tornado sirens in Hannibal worked properly Thursday. He says he is looking into the other three.

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