A number of St. Louis County tornado sirens will be sounding Monday morning, but there's no reason to take cover. However, there are concerns that 18 of the new sirens cannot be heard. The county has been working on this new system for some time, but 18 of the brand new sirens haven't cut it.
It was an unwelcome result when the county tested its new 185-siren system last week. There were dead spots in the system, many of them near highway sound walls, where residents say they simply couldn't hear the alarm sounding. These were folks that heard the sirens just fine back when the old system was in place.
Now, all this week, officials plan to test the problem sirens one at a time. It's a relief to folks who suddenly don't feel so safe with the county's new early warning system.