On June 14, 1957, a tornado hit Springfield, killing two people.  On March 12, 2006, the city was struck by two F2 tornadoes .  The storm system which brought the two tornadoes hit the city around 8:30pm; no one died as a result of the weather.  Springfield received a federal grant in February 2005 to help improve its tornado warning systems and new sirens were put in place in November 2006 after eight of the sirens failed during an April 2006 test, shortly after the tornadoes hit.    The cost of the new sirens totaled $983,000.  Although tornadoes are not uncommon in central Illinois, the March 12 tornadoes were the first to hit the actual city since the 1957 storm.  The 2006 tornadoes followed nearly identical paths to that of the 1957 tornado.