Next question: Longmont sirens

A Next viewer asked us why the city of Longmont's tornado sirens weren't working.

KUSA - You ask, we answer. And one viewer wanted to know the city of Longmont's tornado sirens aren’t working.

Last year, 17 sirens were turned off after some had malfunctioned.

Now, the city said the sirens are outdated and ineffective, so they and the program are being scrapped.

Instead, residents are encouraged to sign up for smartphone alerts.

Lightning strike software will also be installed around the city and will record where lightning hits. This will help first responders react faster.

The software will cost $100,000, but repairing the sirens would have meant spending five times that.

The last tornado to hit the city of Longmont was in June of 2015.

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