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Series Of Events Lead To Tornado Sirens Sounding In Centralia

Centralia Police Chief Larry Evans say a series of incidents apparently caused the tornado warning sirens to sound early Wednesday morning in the city.  

Police report the problems started when a car hit a power pole in the 800 block of South Hickory.  The wreck knocked the power off at the Police Station, which in turn resulted in the backup generator turning on.   Police say apparently as a result of a backup battery system failing, the tornado warning sirens were activated.  The sirens were turned off by dispatch before the radio system went completely down as a result of the same failed battery backup.  

The Centralia City Electrician has made repairs to return the radio system to normal operation.  

Many in the Centralia woke up around 5:45 Wednesday morning trying to figure out if there was a storm or the reason for the sirens sounding.  

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