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Morning Siren Activation in Maple Grove, Hennepin County Reportedly Software Malfunction

Apr 12, 2016 07:41AM ● Published by Wendy Erlien

Updated 9 a.m. April 12, 2016 - The following statement was release from Hennepin County / Hennepin County Sheriff's Office:

"Today, at 6:10 am, outdoor warning sirens were inadvertently sounded in Hennepin County.  The outdoor warning siren system is tested daily to ensure functionality. The system experienced a momentary computer hardware malfunction during the daily test. The system has since been repaired and all systems are operating normally."

7:41 a.m. - Maple Grove residents, along with many community members throughout Hennepin County, woke up to the sounds of severe weather sirens around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 12.

The National Weather Service – Twin Cities confirmed there were “no weather concerns at this time.” 

Later that morning, it was announced by Hennepin County Emergency Management the warning point siren was activated due to a software malfunction. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reason for the malfunction.

Unrelated to the Tuesday siren, April 11-15 is considered Severe Weather Week in Minnesota.

According to the National Weather Service-Twin Cities, there will be several simulated tornado watches and warnings on Thursday, April 14 to test statewide warning and communications systems.

The schedule for the Thursday, April 14 is as follows:

1 p.m. A simulated tornado watch for Minnesota and Wisconsin will be issued by the National Weather Service.

1:45 p.m. A simulated tornado warning for Minnesota and Wisconsin will be issued by the National Weather Service. Most cities and counties are anticipated to activate the outdoor warning sirens.

Siren activity and the simulation will reportedly end by 2 p.m.

Another simulated tornado warning will be issued again at 6:55 p.m. for Minnesota and Wisconsin “as a test of family preparedness in the home and for second shift workers,” according to the National Weather Service – Twin Cities

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