WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A test Tsunami Warning is apparently causing some confusion and alarm along the east coast this morning.
At 8:30 a.m. the National Weather Service sent out a test Tsunami Warning that apparently led to a push notification on some people’s smartphones. The alert, though read:
…THIS IS A TEST TO DETERMINE TRANSMISSION TIMES INVOLVED IN THE
DISSEMINATION OF TSUNAMI INFORMATION…”
Several National Weather Offices sent out tweets clarifying what happened a short time later.
The National Weather Service office in Wilmington sent out an update around 9:20 a.m. letting people know there was not a Tsunami Warning in effect.
A monthly Tsunami Warning test was issued around 830 am by @NWS_NTWC . We have been notified that some users received this test message as an actual Tsunami Warning. A Tsunami Warning is not in effect. Repeat, a Tsunami Warning is not in effect.
— NWS Wilmington NC (@NWSWilmingtonNC) February 6, 2018