The city of Highland’s tornado warning system was knocked out by a lighting strike this morning and may not be functional when more severe weather is expected to roll through the area later today.
“Each of the towers is set off by radio signal, and the transmitter that sends out the signal is what was knocked out,” said Highland police Lt. Chris Conrad.
The city sent out a CodeRED message at 10:38 a.m. altering residents of the situation. Technicians are currently working on the problem, Conrad said. The city hopes to have the siren system operational again by this afternoon.
While the system is down, officials advise residents to listen to NOAA weather radio or tune in to local radio and TV stations for updated storm information about watches and warnings.
Several rounds of strong thunderstorms are expected to pound the metro-east today.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather advisory, which warns that the storms are capable of producing damaging winds, large hail, heavy downpours of rain and, possibly, tornadoes.
The best chance for severe weather will come from 3-10 p.m.