NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Washington residents are now under the protection of Adams County's growing network of tornado sirens.

Entergy workers hooked up the newest siren last week meant to alert residents to potential tornadic activity.

Adams County Supervisor Darryl Grennell said it was four years ago when the County Board of Supervisors voted to allocate enough money to install one siren in the county for each of the upcoming four years.

County Civil Defense Director Stan Owens said between the siren system and the new CodeRed Weather Warning, an automated calling system for dangerous weather, residents are better protected.

And while the sirens are expensive, approximately $23,000 each, Owens is exploring grant options that could provide funding for several more sirens in the future.

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