MINNEAPOLIS - Some of the hardest-hit areas of Hennepin County are without storm sirens due to sporadic power outages.
As of midday Saturday, officials were estimating that at least a quarter of the county's sirens were offline. The actual number of on inoperable sirens was not available.
Officials say that many sirens are running despite the outages thanks to generator, solar or battery power.
The county's emergency management is warning residents to use other alert systems as the chance of severe weather lingers through the weekend.
"Though sirens are intended to provide outdoor warning, no single warning source will work in all emergency circumstances," officials said in a news release. "People should always have several methods to obtain warning information."
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