NWS has sound weather radio transmission after outage

NASHVILLE, Tene (WTVF) – If you’ve noticed that your weather radio is not off during Wednesday night’s severe weather, you’re not the only one. The transmission antennas in downtown Nashville were offline.

The good news is that the service is now sound, but not without frustrations for the National Weather Service team.

“It’s just one of the very frustrating things because NOAA weather radio is one of those things that we rely heavily on,” said Chrissy Hurley, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Almost immediately after the antenna went offline Wednesday, NWS sent a team to the William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower to see if their transmitter situated at the top of the building could be easily fixed.

“They have realized that it is not in their realm of knowing how to fix it and not the equipment, so we have to send a technician all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas,” Harley said.

The technician discovered Thursday afternoon that a police cable was faulty, and it had been replaced, restoring the radio transmission.

“Sometimes we’re not immune to things that happen, such as weather damage or a cable being cut,” Harley said.

This is not the first time that device Tennessee has weather radio issues. Last March, there were issues at three different transmitter sites. After replacing faulty telephone lines, transmission is quickly restored in all affected areas. However, Hurley says recent issues underscore a need to always have multiple ways to receive weather alerts.

“There are wireless emergency alerts. These alerts come to your cell phone as long as you do not have it off or do not disturb, and they will alert you when there is a tornado warning or extreme lightning flood warning for your area,” he said. She said.

Hurley adds, your weather radio may also be able to receive transmission from other antennas in the area.

“You just have to scan your weather radio to see which channel comes in best,” Hurley said.

Weather apps on your phone, like the NewsChannel 5 Storm Shield, can also be an effective way to keep weather alert.

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