Software malfunction to blame for warning sirens

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – A software malfunction is to blame for Tornado Warning sirens continuing to sound after the warning expired. 

Officials say sirens in a polygonal area designated within a Tornado Warning area sounded at 12:47 p.m. when the National Weather Service issued the Tornado Warning. 

The NWS then canceled the Tornado Warning at 1:07 p.m. 

Officials say the Polygonal Outdoor Tornado Warning Siren System is fully automated and are activated when the NWS issues a Tornado Warning. When the NWS terminates a Tornado Warning, the system is designed to automatically shut off the sounding sirens.

However, crews discovered after a review that a radio connection to three to four sirens in the warning area failed to turn the sirens off.

Over the course of that time, the sirens continued sounding for three minutes before going silent for seven minutes and then sounding again. 

“I hope they get it right, because we do rely on those very very much,” North Nashville resident Jeffery Patterson said. 

Dispatchers with OEM were made aware the sirens were still sounding and began manually overriding the sirens to deactivate them. 

OEM is continuing to work with the NWS as well as the contractor that installed in the upgraded system in order to address the issue and to prevent this type of malfunction from happening in the future. 

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2 workers rescued after scaffolding malfunction



BOSTON (WHDH) – Two workers were rescued after a scaffolding malfunction left them dangling 12 stories above the ground in Boston on Thursday morning, officials said.

Firefighters responding to a high-rise apartment building at 23 Harrison Ave. in Chinatown around 11 a.m. found a pair of workers clinging to the broken scaffolding, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Photos showed crews attempting to use a ladder truck to reach the workers, one of whom could be seen dangling from a rope.

Witness Andres Mateo told 7NEWS that the “panicked” workers waited “at least 10 to 15 minutes” to be rescued.

Crews then rushed into the building and shattered windows to pull the workers to safety because their ladder could not reach them.

“They went up and actually brought both workers safely through the windows,” Boston Fire Captain Jonathan Hernandez told reporters. “They both appear to be safe and sound.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the scene.

It’s not clear what caused the malfunction.

An investigation remains ongoing.

This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS for updates online and on-air.

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British Soap Awards best & worst dressed of all time: Roxanne Pallet wardrobe malfunction

Each year the British Soap Awards take place, honour the best of UK soap operas. Many fans look forward to the red carpet to see what styles their favourites will wear.

Sadly, the 2020 ceremony has been cancelled due to coronavirus, but tonight ITV will a special titled The British Soap Awards Celebrates 21 Years.

In lieu of tonight’s red carpet, Express.co.uk will round up some of the best and worst dressed stars over the years.

In 2005 Ali Bastial arrived wearing a pink baby doll dress with a handkerchief hem, a one shoulder strap detail and silver t-bar sandals.

She wore a matching satin baby pink clutch.

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In the same year Hollyoaks Gemma Merra wore a green minidress with a embellished high neck detail and her hair in a voluminous beyhive.

Helen Pearson arrived wearing a fitted white and black stripy corset dress, flashing photographers a black and red garter.

This year Nathalie Emmanuel wore a bright green gown with green eye shadow.

In 2009 Jennifer Metcalfe wore an Aztec print dress, in orange, pink, blue and brown. Her black hair was piled in her head in a large bouffant style, and she wore pink lipstick and eyeliner.

In 2016 Jennifer Metcalfe looked stunning a red pantsuit with a low cut blazer, revealing a bare chest.

Underneath she accessorised with a golden harness of multiple chains.

The same year Gemma Atkinson wore a black dress, which was a backless halterneck number with gold embellishment.

Her hair was tired up on top of her head and she a glamorous slick of red lipstick.

In 2017 one well dressed attendee was Faye Brookes, who looked gorgeous in a bright yellow number with short batwing sleeves and a deep v-neckline.

Silver earrings dangled either side of her head and her hair was in a bun.