Tsunami Warning test "glitch" made it look real

February 06, 2018 - 10:02 am

(WWL/AP) -- The National Weather Service says there's no tsunami warning for the Gulf Coast or the East Coast, despite a warning that appeared on phones this morning.

The initial message sent by third party services did not indicate that the Tsunami Warning was a test.

Some WWL employees received the message from Accuweather.

It took multiple clicks after the initial warning message to see that it was just a test.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said there was a glitch Tuesday during a routine test. That meant some people received what looked like an actual warning on their phones. He says the National Weather Service is trying to sort what happened.  

Officials said it appeared to be an issue with the popular Accuweather app. Accuweather didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.  

The test warning was sent to the following states: LA, AL, MS, FL, ME, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, DE, MD, PA, VA, NC, SC, GA and TX.

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