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NWS Emergency Alert sent out in error

JOPLIN, Mo. – The National Weather Service says this morning’s mass text alert warning residents to take shelter immediately due to a Tornado Warning was sent out in error.

People in several Midwestern states got the alert.

The NWS confirmed that the warning was supposed to be a test message and was not supposed to trigger a mass phone alert. Weather officials say there is no threat of tornadoes today.

NWS Kansas City posted to Twitter, “Concerning the recent tornado drill. The National Weather Service issued a properly coded TEST tornado warning. Somewhere in the Wireless Emergency Alert System chain, the message was misinterpreted as an actual warning and sent it out that way. We are looking into the cause.”

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