Downed tower causes lost emergency weather service signals
Tyler, Tx ( KETK) — The National Weather Service has a radio tower down in East Texas. The tower sends a signal to NOAA radios within 40 miles to alert them of severe weather warnings.The tower was struck by lightning last week causing it to be unserviceable. Those using their all-weather radios will be unable to receive alerts through them for several weeks.
The National Weather Service team says this is particularly dangerous because they can’t send a signal in the middle of the night to turn on the NOAA radios and alert people of severe weather in their area.The team is working on having the tower restored, but the estimated timeline to have it completed won't be until mid-August. New parts have been ordered and are on the way, but crews will have to wait until a good weather day permits them to be on the tower and performing the construction.
In the mean time, the National Weather Service encourages people to stay tuned in to their televisions to stay aware of the upcoming weather in their area.