NWS NOAA Weather Radio Off Air For At Least A Month

After the TV tower tragedy in Fordland, several areas in the Ozarks will no longer get information from their weather radios for a while.

A nearly 2,000 foot tall tower came crashing down with workers still on it Thursday morning.

Stephen McCay, 56, from Washington state died from the accident.

The National Weather Service says the agency had its NOAA weather radio transmitter on the tower. It will now be down for at least a month, affecting people who depend on their weather radios to  get severe weather alerts and updates. 

However, there may be another solution. 

Meteorologist Doug Cramer says people living in Springfield can pick up the Avilla tower in Joplin by setting their weather radios to 162.425 MHz. This includes  Greene, Webster, Polk, Dallas, Wright, Laclede, and some parts of Christian and Douglas counties.  

If you live in southern counties like Stone, you can possibly get weather updates from the Branson West Tower at 162.550 MHz. 

To check counties and frequencies served by outer area transmitters, click here.  


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