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Tupelo residents say some tornado sirens silent

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Some people in Tupelo are saying that warning sirens failed to sound before a tornado struck the city Monday.

Resident LaShona Jamison, who has a siren in her backyard, says
that the siren never went off.

However, Lee County Emergency Management Director Lee Bowdry says a monitoring system shows sirens did sound. People in Tupelo's downtown and Crosstown sections say they did hear sirens.

Tupelo Water & Light Director Johnny Timmons says that because of all the complaints, workers will check sirens across the city for possible mechanical problems.

The tornado, with winds of up to 150 mph, damaged more than 200 homes and 16 businesses in Tupelo and Lee County. One death from a traffic accident was reported in Lee County, out of 14 statewide.

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