Better Weather Warnings for Local Rural Counties

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Local, state and federal officials dedicated a new weather transmitter in Marianna Tuesday morning.

In the event of a bad weather emergency, the transmitter will override local radio stations giving people more time to take cover.

Jackson County’s emergency management director, Rodney Andreason, led the project after a recent tornado. No one died in the round lake tornado, but damage was extensive.

"What really started everything was when we had had that tornado down in Round Lake in March of 2001; we really didn't get an advanced warning like we wanted. So what I wanted to do is to make sure we updated our warning system and try to make sure folks were warned ahead of time and hopefully save lives,” Andreason explains.

Authorities can also use the new weather transmitter for amber alerts and train derailment warnings.