The Douglas County Emergency Preparedness Department received a spate of phone calls this morning from people wondering why the storm sirens weren't sounded early this morning.
A storm system that pushed through the county after 1 a.m. today had radar echoes that indicated the possibility of tornadoes, said Bob Newton, EP chairman, but none was seen by weather spotters.
Sirens were sounded in Lecompton about 1:17 a.m., he said, as a precaution because no weather spotters were in the area.
However, the sirens weren't sounded after a tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service at 1:48 a.m. after a "hook echo" was detected by radar near Richland near Clinton Lake. Newton said spotters were in the area and did not see any funnels.
It is the EP policy, he said, not to sound the sirens unless weather spotters report a tornado sighting.