Tornado sirens sound in the Northland, but no confirmed tornadoe - KCTV5 News

Tornado sirens sound in the Northland, but no confirmed tornadoes

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Lightning in Leavenworth County. (Debbie Ludwig) Lightning in Leavenworth County. (Debbie Ludwig)

During last night's stormy weather, thousands of people in the northland were alarmed and took cover after hearing tornado sirens go off even though there was no tornado warning in effect.

Numerous KCTV5 viewers called in about sirens sounding off in their communities. So, KCTV5 News looked into the confusion.

The National Weather Service tweeted that they did receive one unconfirmed tornado report from the Kansas City Fire Department. 

The NWS says the Kansas City Police Department received a report of a tornado near Missouri Highway 152 and Brighton Avenue and called the fire department.

At that time, the tornado was believed to be confirmed so fire officials sounded the tornado alarms for both Clay County and Platte County.

Sirens continued for three minutes before being shut down.

Limited damage was reported in the area but officials say they were being cautious.

Lee’s Summit officials ran into a similar situation when they didn’t sound the sirens during a tornado in February. After the tornado, the city changed their policy to sound the sirens more often. Now anytime a tornado warning is issued, the sirens will sound, even if a tornado has not yet been spotted.

With regard to last night, fire officials say it's better to be safe than sorry. 

The rules for sounding a tornado siren vary by county and city. Officials say several agencies, ranging from fire departments, police departments or emergency management services can set off the emergency sirens.

Hail and 60 mph winds were possible with the storms. However, the previously issued tornado watch had been lifted for the metro area. A severe thunderstorm watch remained in place until 3 a.m.

Those suffering storm damage in Kansas City, MO were asked to report the damage by calling 3-1-1 after 7 a.m. on Friday.

Shawnee, KS residents were asked to drop off tree limbs or branches at the southwest corner of Johnson Drive and Renner Road from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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