Archbold, OH

Sirens Sound Sat. Morning For Suspected Tornado

An off-duty Wauseon police officer, driving between Assumption and Metamora, saw what he believed to be a funnel cloud about 1 am, Saturday morning, May 31.

As a result, the Fulton County Sheriff Department dispatchers transmitted radio tones that set off tornado warning sirens all across the county, including three in Archbold.

Rich Kilgour, 9-1-1 coordinator for the sheriff department, said Fayette and Swanton firefighters were out on calls at the time and did not report any dangerous weather, nor did other law enforcement officers.

No damage, such as downed tree limbs, was observed in the area.

Kilgour said the FCSD policy on the sirens is, “When in doubt, tone them out.

“It much easier to explain why they were set off and not needed, than it is to explain why they weren’t set when they were needed,” he said.

With the tornado season here, Kilgour said this probably won’t be the only time the sirens sound.

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