NWS Explains Alert Accident

The National Weather Service is sharing why what was supposed to be a test alert during a Tornado Drill, ended up being a mass notification of a tornado warning. As part of “Severe Weather Awareness Week,” both Missouri and Kansas communities tested tornado sirens yesterday morning. Instead, residents across the state, and in Kirksville, got an alert on their phone to take cover immediately. According to the National Weather Service, the new code for their Common Alerting Protocol Handler, that was recently implemented, mistakenly allowed the test to go out over the Wireless Emergency Alert as an actual warning. Officials are apologizing to the public and say the software was fixed immediately.