Branson Residents Had No Warning Before Tornado

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BRANSON, Mo. -- People living in Branson, Mo. say the sirens weren't activated when an EF 2 tornado hit on February 29. The city has 23 tornado sirens as well as a phone and text alert system and none of the warnings were used.

Ralph Phillips says he was sleeping when the tornado swept through town. He says it wasn't a siren that woke him up.

"Well, of course I was asleep, and I heard the winds blowing first," Phillips said.

The alert system which is supposed to send messages to cell phones and land lines during severe weather was not used either.

The fire chief says the code red problem wasn't the city's fault. Chief Martin says the company who handles the message didn't activate the system.

"That is a service that we had provided and we did buy and we want to make sure why we understand why that did not take place," Martin said.

He says the company told them that they have identified the problem and it's been resolved.

Although several homes and businesses were damaged during the storm, no one was killed.

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