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SAFD sounds sirens because of high wind, hail

Post Date:06/23/2017 6:11 PM

The San Angelo Fire Department sounded the city’s warning sirens about 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, after receiving reports of severe weather that includes winds in excess of 60-mph winds and hail in excess of 1 in diameter. Citizens are urged to seek a safe place indoors immediately (such as an interior room of a home) and seek further information via NOAA weather radio, television or radio. If the Emergency Alert System is activated, local programming will be interrupted with information about the storm and instructions on how to protect oneself.

Citizens are urged not to call 9-1-1 unless they need emergency assistance from a first-responder. Non-emergency calls to the San Angelo police and fire departments can be made to 325-657-4315. Neither should citizens call the National Weather Service.

Information about the dangerous weather San Angelo is experiencing is also posted on the homepage of the City’s website at cosatx.us, on the City of San Angelo-Public Information Facebook page and on the City’s Twitter feed (@CityofSanAngelo). Residents can also receive emergency alerts via text or email by signing up for them at nixle.com

 At least one of the following three criteria must be met to activate the warning sirens:

  • Sustained winds of at least 58 mph.
  • Hail at least 1-inch in diameter (the size of a quarter).
  • A tornado.

This information usually comes from the National Weather Service or a trained weather spotter in the field. The criteria were established by agreement of the Tom Green County judge and San Angelo’s mayor and city manager, per NOAA recommendations.


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