Des Moines suspends tornado sirens due to weather

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines is suspending its monthly test of tornado sirens because of the cold weather.

Des Moines police say the city has opted out of testing for the months of December, January and February because ice and snow can build up on the equipment and damage it.

The city has suspended the tests in this manner since equipment was damaged in the winter of 2009.

The monthly test at noon on the first Saturday of the month consists of activating the sirens for one minute. A poll test that checks power and connectivity to the sirens will still be done each day since they don’t cause the sirens to activate.

Officials say the suspension will not impact the city’s ability to active the sirens in an emergency situation.

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