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New weather sirens go up near Muhlenberg Co. schools

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Crews working to get one of three new sirens up in Muhlenberg County. Crews working to get one of three new sirens up in Muhlenberg County.
MUHLENBERG CO., KY (WFIE) -

Several schools in Muhlenberg County now are better prepared for the next big storm. 

There was no severe weather in the county on Wednesday, but residents likely heard the sound of new tornado sirens. Crews worked to install one of three new weather sirens, just a month after a massive weather system caused tornadoes to blow through Western Kentucky.

The new sirens are thanks to an $87,000 grant written for by Greenville city officials and placed by three prominent local schools.

"Working on locations, where they were going to do the most good? The best I could come up with was our two high schools and our elementary school in Powderly," said Jerry Aders, Greenville Fire Chief.

The sirens are state of the art producing voice messages which can be heard over a square mile, and sirens heard over five miles away. Greenville is approaching the five-year anniversary of a tornado with deadly consequences.

"He remembers the 2008 tornado we had where we lost three lives. Our council got on board with it and said yes this is a project we need to support. We need to do this," Aders shared.

The same tornado caused damage to Muhlenberg West and narrowly missed a rest home and trailer park. Now Greenville city officials agree that these areas are protected in case another system hits. 

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