The city abandoned use of the sirens about six years ago after a prankster was able to hack in and activate them when there was no real emergency.

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BRUNSWICK -- Monday night's quick-striking tornado had many residents asking one main question -- Why didn't we get some kind of warning?

Some expected to hear blaring tornado sirens.

But the city abandoned use of the sirens about six years ago after a prankster was able to hack in and activate them when there was no real emergency.

The city believes a automated direct call to residents is more effective.

"There's no guarantee someone in the house is going to hear the siren when it goes off," said city spokesman Nick Solar.

There was a severe thunderstorm warning. Residents did receive a call telling them about the tornado touchdown, but only after it happened.

The National Weather Service's point-man on warnings and watches was in Brunswick Tuesday, assessing the damage and sequence of events.

Gary Garnet said, "Any time we're dealing with severe storms that are strong and severe, things can quickly change, " he said.

Residents posted complaints and concerns about the lack of warning on the Brunswick Police Facebook page.

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There are no state laws or regulations requiring or governing the use of emergency sirens. Each city and county that still uses them has its own rules.

The city, emergency officials and the Weather Service are expected to review events to see if any improvements can be made.

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