Tornadoes prompt Frederick County schools to revise weather alert system

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Frederick County public school officials say they are revising their weather alert system amid parental complaints that tornado warnings last month should have delayed the opening of some schools.

The school system said Tuesday it will expand its sources of weather alerts instead of relying solely on the AccuWeather services to which it currently subscribes.

School officials say they received no AccuWeather alerts about tornado watches and warnings on the morning of April 28 despite alerts from the National Weather Service and the Maryland State Emergency Operations Center.

They say those alerts triggered sirens in the towns of Myersville, Middletown and Emmitsburg. Parents who heard the sirens wondered why school buses and school openings were not delayed.

There were no confirmed tornadoes in Frederick County that day.

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