County Judge Wallace Martin says some rural tornado sirens have broken due to lightning or battery problems. Some have simply toppled over.
One resident south of Hope city limits says the siren on his land hasn't worked in a year. The judge says the county can't afford to replace all the old sirens, but his office is looking into ways to detect problems as they happen.
"If we can get it up and running better than what it's doing now, i feel like we've accomplished something and that's what we're trying to do at this time," Martin says.
County officials recommend everyone invest in weather radios rather than relying on tornado sirens. The judge says the problems with the county's sirens date back several years.