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Police sound tornado sirens with no tornado threat

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WAUKESHA COUNTY (WISN) -- Tornado sirens went off in several communities in Southeast Wisconsin during storms Wednesday night, but there was no tornado or tornado warning.

Some communities can turn on the sirens themselves -- police in Elm Grove and Menomonee Falls chose to do that.

They say the sirens aren't just for tornadoes, but any severe weather that could be threatening.

People in the area had mixed reactions to those decisions.

"It did alarm me," said Nicole Fitzgerald, a local. "But it kind of prepared me."

Others did not like the sirens.

"It should be all or nothing," said Ray Barnowski. "Either we're all playing off the same page or we're not."

Police in Elm Grove say they sounded the sirens because of the 60 miles/hour wind gusts and quarter-inch sized hail.

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