Did you get a ‘TORNADO WARNING’ alert? It was just a test in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The National Weather Service has apologized for a mistake in sending out a real tornado warning in Missouri, that was supposed to be just a test on Tuesday morning.

The week of March 1 – 5 is the annual Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Missouri to help keep citizens prepared in case of dangerous weather situations.

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., there was a statewide tornado drill and many residents may have received an alert on their phone that looked like this:

Missouri tornado alert

It was just part of the drill. The NWS tweeted, saying "There was a malfunction between the NWS & the Weather Emergency Alert (WEA) system. The test warning should have not activated WEA. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Each year, the National Weather Service chooses the date of Missouri’s statewide tornado drill. The drill is generally held during the first two weeks of March.

Learn more about the annual drill, here, at StormAware.mo.gov.

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