Emergency Weather Radio Signal Restored in Memphis

Emergency Weather Radio Signal Restored in Memphis

After a massive outage at the Memphis National Weather Service, weather radios are back online and working just in time for Tuesday night's storms.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - After a massive outage at the Memphis National Weather Service, weather radios are back online and working just in time for Tuesday night's storms.

There was a massive hardware failure that morning that left emergency management agencies trying to figure out how to keep their residents informed.

According to Crittenden County's EMA director, Ronny Rogers, "it's going to get nasty from about 8 p.m. until 2 in the morning."

Rogers spent much of his morning on conference calls after a severe hardware failure with the National Weather Service out of Memphis knocked out weather radios. After hours of work, radios across the Mid-South are back online.

"That would have been pretty devastating because a lot of people count on that," Rogers said. "If they can't get the TV then they have to count on the weather radio to let them know what is going on."

Residents say power is always in and out during storms.. The radios are the only way they know what's headed their way.

Willly Jones and his family moved to a mobile home six months ago. The winds were already blowing in Marion; now he's afraid of what could be coming.

"All day it's windy, see our garbage can blowing everywhere. I didn't know how bad it's going to be but we may have to take shelter or find somewhere safe to be."

He'll keep a close ear to his radio and hope to get out before it's too late.

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