Error causes tornado warning confusion across multiple states

Malfunction blamed in tornado warning alert

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A tornado warning drill in Missouri sparked confusion this morning across multiple states when a Wireless Emergency Alert was sent to phones.

Some apps mentioned the word test, but wireless emergency alerts didn’t.

Temperatures were in the 40s on a day no one had severe weather on their mind when the alert was sent around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Many took to social media asking what was going on.

The National Weather Service says it was a glitch. In a tweet, they reassured there were “no active tornado warnings” and that “WEA was unintentionally activated during a test.

Since the alert was never meant to be sent, it looked like a real tornado warning and no mention of the test.

In a second tweet, the National Weather Service said it was an issue with new software and said it had been fixed.

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