NWS issues test message for tsunami warning

A test message for a tsunami warning was issued Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Services of Charleston and Miami.

The National Weather Service in Miami sent an additional tweet at 9:04 a.m. relaying the message the warning was a test message.

“I was sitting in the living room and little notification comes on my phone and says tsunami warning,” Cape Coral resident David Hood said.

Collier County Emergency Management took to Twitter to inform residents of the test message:

Weather apps like AccuWeather said the tsunami warning was miscoded by the National Weather Service as a real warning and the responsibility is on the National Weather Service to properly and consistently code the messages.

After the false missile alert in Hawaii earlier this year, Hood said the notification left him with one thing on his mind.

“This must be somebody pushing the wrong button again,” Hood said.

AccuWeather is continuing to work with the National Weather Service to determine why the coding was improperly embedded in its test alert system.

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