- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) - Appomattox County says more than 3,000 people were not notified by the county’s automated alert system just minutes before a fierce tornado slammed the area.

County officials are now trying to figure out why.

The system notifies Verizon landline phones when it is triggered by certain events, such as a weather service tornado warning.

John Vannoy is coordinator of Appomattox County’s 911 dispatch center. He told the News & Advance (https://bit.ly/1QmIY6P) it’s not clear why the alert did not sound. He said engineers are looking into it.

Appomattox was one of the hardest hit areas in the state Wednesday when a series of twisters touched down across the state.

The powerful tornado left one man dead, injured seven and left a path of destruction totaling 100 structures.

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Information from: The News & Advance, https://www.newsadvance.com/

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