Why did sirens sound Sunday evening?

Published 3:50 pm Monday, April 7, 2014

The Marengo County EMA activated the weather sirens in the county Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a spinning storm south of Linden.

The EMA will activate the sirens if they receive a tornado warning or an eyewitness report of a tornado, according to director Kevin McKinney.

An AMSTAR ambulance crew reported the rotating storm Sunday.

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The National Weather Service in Birmingham received no reports of a tornado in Marengo County.

“We issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 5:20 p.m. because our radar was indicating hail and winds over 60 miles per hour nine miles west of Linden,” said Christina Sumrall with the NWS. “We didn’t receive any reports of a tornado, though.”

The National Weather Service did receive two damage reports from Marengo County. At 5:14 p.m., they received a report of hail up to the size of a penny in Myrtlewood, and at 5:38 p.m., they received a report of large trees down in the Hugo community southeast of Linden on Highway 43.