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The Latest: Accuweather sent test message as tsunami warning

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The Latest: Accuweather sent test message as tsunami warning

The Latest on a false tsunami warning for the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service says a private company took a routine test message and sent it to people's phones as an official tsunami warning.

The National Tsunami Warning Center sent a test message around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Users of the popular Accuweather app then got a false tsunami alert. The message was sent to users throughout the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

The tsunami warning center is part of the National Weather Service, which says it's investigating why the test message was sent as an official warning. The weather service says the false alert didn't appear on any of its communication channels.

Accuweather didn't immediately return calls and emails seeking comment.

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9:40 a.m.

Some people on the East Coast got a push alert on their phones about a tsunami warning, but the National Weather Service says it was just a test.

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.

Jeremy DaRos, of Portland, Maine, says the push from Accuweather made him "jump," because he lives a stone's throw from the water. He said that after clicking

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9:10 a.m.

Some people on the East Coast got a push alert on their phones about a tsunami warning, but the National Weather Service says it was just a test.

Meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said there was a glitch Tuesday during a routine test. That meant users of some mobile apps received what looked like an actual warning.

He said the National Weather Service is trying to sort what happened.

National Weather Service offices in the region are using social media to get out the word that there's no tsunami warning.


Updated : 2021-01-27 11:42 GMT+08:00