Nashville mayor viewing tornado siren installation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will be viewing the installation of a new tornado siren in south Nashville, which is one of 20 new sirens being installed.

Nashville is expanding and upgrading its tornado warning siren system to increase the number of sirens to 93 across the city. The city is also changing the sound of the sirens from an electronic tone to a tone that sounds more like an old air raid warning. Officials say the mechanically generated tone will be easier to hear and will travel farther.

On Thursday, Dean will visit the installation of the city's newest siren at the elementary school at Lakeview. It will provide warnings to the surrounding area that includes Nashboro Village and areas east of the Murfreesboro Road and Bell Road intersections.

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