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Alvin Guy flipped through memories of destruction more than a decade ago. Alvin Guy flipped through memories of destruction more than a decade ago.
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DESOTO COUNTY, MS -

(WMC-TV) - When the fall tornado season rolls around, 16 warning sirens will be spread out across DeSoto County. A twister hit a part of that area in 2001, and neighbors say they never heard a siren.

They are relieved the officials in DeSoto County plan to change that.

"The house next door to me ... tore it up," said Alvin Guy recalling tornado destruction from 2001.

Guy flipped through memories of destruction more than a decade ago.

"It feel like the whole house was shaking, and it sounded like a train or something until I got up, all the lights was out," said Guy.

The 2001 tornado that ripped through the Lewisburg community damaged homes and vehicles belonging to Guy's family and friends. He says they never heard a tornado siren.

"No more than the one in Olive Branch and we couldn't hear it down here," he said.

Although the sound of sirens will soon be a little louder in areas like Lewisburg and four other communities in DeSoto County.

"It's a 95 percent federal, 5 percent local match, " said DeSoto Emergency Management Agency deputy director Tim Curtis.

Curtis says the new sirens will be an asset to the county, but adds the warnings are best heard outside.

"They're not intended to wake you up from a sound sleep in the middle of the night," he said.

The sirens will have a backup battery power and can be charged with a solar panel in case the power goes out like it did in Guy's neighborhood several years ago.

"I think if you put one at the fire station, everybody down here should be able to hear it," said Curtis.

Officials say that is exactly where the sirens are going to be.

Curtis says to take cover as soon as you hear the warnings and, if possible, turn on the TV where Action News 5's weather team will have you covered. And if your power goes out, don't forget our storm tracking app available for your mobile devices.

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