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Maintenance could shut down Warren County weather sirens

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Throughout the month of November, dozens of storm sirens could go silent in Warren County. The county is beginning the process of converting all its outdoor warning systems to a Federal Communications Commission mandated low-band system.

Crews have to convert the infrastructure of the county's emergency warning system to reduce interference with cell phones and other devices.

Starting November 14th, sirens in Hamilton Township crews will begin working on converting the sirens, work that could cause weather siren outages.

Hamilton Township has 11 weather sirens that also serve the village of Maineville and South Lebanon. These sirens alert nearly 24,000 people when severe weather is on the way.

The goal is to have the work done before the spring storm season.

FOX19 Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer says now is the right time to have this work done, because severe weather is less likely in the fall and winter months.

"Most of the tornadoes that occur this time of year are further to the south…this is a great time to take the system down for maintenance," he said.

You can still stay alert, even without weather sirens. Hamilton Township Fire Chief Mark Greatorex recommends getting a weather radio.

"You kind of want to keep a weather radio at home with you and tune into the local media if any inclement weather heads your way," he said.

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