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In this May 26, 2011, file photo a flag files at half staff over devastated Joplin High School next to a portable tornado siren in Joplin, Mo. Warnings sent directly to cell phones and broadcast over the airwaves can provide a detailed heads-up before dangerous storms, but through many parts of Tornado Alley, storm sirens remain so ubiquitous that one official says the pole they sit on almost could be called the state tree of Kansas.

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Many in Tornado Alley still rely on warning sirens

Warnings sent directly to cell phones and broadcast over the airwaves can provide a detailed heads-up before dangerous storms. But for many parts of Tornado Alley, storm sirens remain so ubiquitous that one official says the pole they sit on could almost be called the state tree of Kansas.

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