Tornado Siren Test Silenced in Washington Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013  |  Updated 8:05 AM CDT
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Officials said a monthly tornado siren test will not be heard in Washington, Ill. Tuesday.

The test was scheduled to sound at 10 a.m. Tuesday, but officials feared the sirens would be stressful reminders for area residents.

A silent test of the sirens was conducted and determined they are operational, according to a release from Central Illinois emergency public information officers.

Recently, officials announced that a seventh person died from injuries sustained during the Nov. 17 tornadoes that swept through central Illinois.

Family members told NBC affiliate WEEK-TV the tornado's winds pulled a woman from her home and dropped debris on her.

The tornado traveled 46.2 miles on the ground, forecasters said, leveling countless homes. Steve Neubauer, 51, was also killed and at least 122 were injured. Tornadoes were blamed for the deaths of five others across the state.

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