In the face of unpredictable weather, McCracken County prioritizes citizen safety with its outdoor warning siren protocol

McCracken County, KY (News First) – May 3, 2024 – Amidst inquiries about the activation of all Outdoor Warning Sirens during weather alerts, McCracken County’s Office of Emergency Management emphasizes a commitment to citizen safety above all else.

“In Western Kentucky, predicting weather is akin to assembling a child’s toy without instructions,” remarks Rob Estes, Director of McCracken County Office of Emergency Management. “Our meteorologists at the Paducah National Weather Service work tirelessly, but even with their expertise, weather patterns remain unpredictable.”

Despite conventional assumptions about tornado paths, recent events challenge these notions. Mary Gilbert, a CNN Meteorologist, reports on the anomaly of tornadoes deviating from expected trajectories. On April 30, 2024, southern Oklahoma witnessed the rarity of two tornadoes defying conventional patterns.

“In light of such unpredictable occurrences, we prioritize caution,” asserts Estes. “Until we achieve absolute certainty in predicting tornado paths, we will continue activating all Outdoor Warning Sirens.”

The safety of McCracken County residents remains paramount, driving the county’s unwavering commitment to proactive safety measures.

For further inquiries, contact: Rob Estes, Director
McCracken County Office of Emergency Management