National Weather Service: No East Coast tsunami warningPosted: Updated:
(AP) 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.
***THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING***— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 6, 2018
A Tsunami Test was conducted earlier this morning, that did have TEST in the message. We are currently trying to find out how a message went out as a warning. We will update you when we find out more.
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 on the push notification for details he realized it was just a test.