National Weather Service Issues False Tsunami Warning

The Associated Press reports:

A routine National Weather Service test on Tuesday resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving jolt to many residents on the East Coast.

A glitch meant some people received what looked like an actual warning, NWS meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said. The National Weather Service is trying to sort what went wrong, he said. Officials said it appeared to be an issue with the popular Accuweather app. Accuweather didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

This is the latest in a spate of false alarms in the past month. A Hawaii state employee mistakenly sent an alert warning of a ballistic missile attack on Jan. 13. And, a malfunction triggered sirens at a North Carolina nuclear power plant on Jan. 19.

  • PickyPecker
  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    Duck… and cover!

  • Gustav2
    • Andymac3

      Excellent! But they might need it annotated so that they understand it, probably just think it’s a Tide commercial.

  • PickyPecker

    While not a tsunami (which would be very unusual in NW IL), we did get 6″ of fluffy ski-type snow overnight. Not terrible to shovel/remove. The bonus, however…..a VERY heavy hoar frost coating everything. The sun is out, so everything is sparkling like diamonds. Have not seen frost like this since I was a kid.

    • Boreal

      15″ of snow here on Sunday/Monday and another foot coming tomorrow. We were only supposed to get a few inches on Sun/Mon.

      • PickyPecker

        Supposed to get anther round Thursday with several more inches. Nothing is melting as our temps hovering in the teens.

        • Boreal

          I’ll take the snow over the ice gladly.

          • PickyPecker

            Oh, I hear you. Only thing I don’t care for with the snow is worrying about snow-load on the hoops.

          • AmeriCanadian

            Hoops? As in greenhouses? Poly or glass?

          • PickyPecker

            double layer plastic / inflated on the hoops. Poly on retail.

      • ColdCountry

        We’ve got a foot forecast for tomorrow.

        • Boreal

          I’m ready for it. Working at home tomorrow.

          • ColdCountry

            I only work 2-3 days a week. Tomorrow evening is one of those shifts. Maybe….

    • safari

      I love hoar frost. It makes the world look like something out of a fairy tale.

      • prixator

    • Paula

      I have slept with my bedroom windows open for the last 3 nights. Winter is over for us. ☹️☹️🌱

      • The_Wretched

        it was -6 today before windchill. Deserts have higher humidity.

        • Paula

          Wow! We are supposed to hit 76* today.
          Next week we are going to get down to a chilly 61* for a high. I am not ready for the hot weather. 😭😭😭

          • The_Wretched

            I prefer not below zero but dress accordingly. Heat, however, I’m doomed. I can’t take it.

    • Bambino
    • Nic Peterson

      I learned a new word today! Hoar frost doesn’t come up in conversation in the tropics. I was thinking the icy stare of say Melanoma and someone got there before me. Great minds.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      We ended up with 4.

      You win again!

  • Jerry Hinnant

    We got the warning on the west coast of Florida also but at least ours said it was a test.

  • bkmn

    Eroding trust in government institutions, one warning at a time.

  • bkmn
  • Harveyrabbit
    • Uncle Mark

      Oh look…it’s Trump’s ratings & the Dow Jones in one image

  • Uncle Mark

    Is that code for “Mueller’s coming?”

  • Dayglo

    Does anyone know what they’re doing anymore?

  • Boreal

    Nuclear alerts, tsunami alerts, none of these seem to have happened when we had actual competent govt.


    Humidity’s rising, Barometer’s getting low
    According to all sources, the street’s the place to go

    • TexasBoy

      I’m gonna go out to run and let myself get
      Absolutely soaking wet.

      • Steven in Texas

        I’ll run with you.

      • Cipher

        Is it 10:30 yet???

  • Frostbite

    Thanks Obama! Lol.

  • Todd20036

    False alarms happen. Try not to get complacent.

  • AmeriCanadian

    The conspiracist in me believes we are being prepped for something. How many times can the government cry wolf before the population marks its messages as spam? Then POW. The real one comes.

    • Karl Dubhe

      It’s not paranoia when they really are out to get you.

  • TexasBoy

    They really need to change the text used for these emergency warning system tests, to something 99% of the adult population would know is fake and understand it is a system test.

    Like “Warning, this is not a drill, brain eating zombies expected in Central Park” or “Air attack from Pterosaurs, imminent”

    • Bambino

      I’m afraid it won’t work when you have a liar and his merry band of bullshitters polluting the internet and our airwaves. The boy who cried wolves has grown into a demented pathological liar that cried fake news everyday.

      • olandp

        And yet, some of the villagers run out every time.

    • boatboy_srq

      More MAGAts believe in zombies than responsible government.

  • Mr. Ric

    West Palm Beach? Aka, Mar a Lago? Aka, somebody’s playing naughty tricks?

  • safari

    At least it was a private company freaking people out this time

  • Friday

    You know what they say, once is a fluke, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.

  • Bambino

    With fake president comes fake alerts.

    • Friday

      It’s almost like someone purged competent scientists from related departments and appointed denialist hacks to the top posts…..

  • Paula

    I’d be more worried about a tsunami warning issued for Ohio or Nebraska.

    • boatboy_srq

      Don’t give them ideas.

  • The_Wretched

    hrm. options

    1. The false alarm rate is normal but just now getting reported. (fallacy of hasty generalization)

    2. The efforts of Trump and the Republicans to cut government spending have lead to inadequate staffing and training. That reduced capacity is leading to mistakes like false alarms. (negligence)

    3. The false alarms are intentional or at least not limited in order to make the people distrust government. (malice)

    • AmeriCanadian

      I don’t think it’s option one, unless the proliferation of smartphones has exponentially increased the delivery of alarms in general. When I lived in Michigan (and I still work there), I don’t ever recall a false tornado siren. It always meant one was sighted on the ground somewhere in the vicinity.

      The logical side of me believes option two is the most likely but the conspiracist side of me believes option three is somewhat in play as well, certainly with the current administration.

    • It Takes a Village, People

      Negligence seems like the most plausible and reasonable answer. The GOP goal has been to shrink the government to nothing. You do that by cutting staff. This is the result. It’s so funny because at work they cut staff all the time and then get all mad when the work doesn’t get done. I think my company is run by Republicans.

      • Snarkaholic

        Yes, and try finding a salesperson/cashier at Macy’s! It has to hurt their sales. They’re being penny-wise and dollar-dumb.

        • It Takes a Village, People

          LOL I was just thinking the same thing. I went to Macy’s for the first time in years and it was pathetic. The shelves were somehow cramped yet understocked. The lighting was dim. The merchandising was non-existent. It was basically Target with no service and higher prices. I wandered all over with my overpriced little cookie dough scoop.

          High end merchandise needs TLC. You can’t just throw it out on the sales floor like they do at Penney’s and then charge Macy’s prices. Even a real cash cow like cosmetics is sad there. Sephora and Ulta are taking their business without even trying.

          • Snarkaholic

            I’ve started buying many items (clothes, kitchen utensils, cologne, non-perishable food, etc.) online.

  • jmax

    New York – Home of Trump Org..
    Palm Beach – Home of Mar-A-Lago
    Maybe a not-so-subtle hint from Robert Mueller?
    Look out Donnie, the flood is coming!

  • It Takes a Village, People

    Trump and the GOP promised negligence. This is what negligence looks like.

  • Galvestonian

    I know that years down the road we’ll look back at this massive mess and find it funny that we put up with it. But now it’s a huge pain in the ass and is majorily disturbing, sickening and twisted.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I believe whole new studies in political science will dominate for years to come.

  • BobSF_94117

    If I were on the East coast and got a tsunami warning, I’d go to high ground, REALLY high ground.

    • ColdCountry

      I’m about three miles from the ocean, 3/4 of a mile from the river, and about 120′ above sea level. I wonder if that’s high enough?

      As for CT, to get to most of CT, a tsunami would have to roll over Long Island, first. Would that happen? Could it be big enough?

      • BobSF_94117

        High enough? Nope. Google La Palma megatsunami

        • ColdCountry

          Ah, the internet. They can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true, right? Who to believe….

          “Three scientists say that half of La Palma will fall into the sea and
          cause a tsunami that will wipe out much of the population of the eastern
          seaboard of the USA.

          They are wrong.
          La Palma will not slide into the sea.

          Even if it did, it wouldn’t cause a tsunami that would reach the USA.”

          ETA: Even if the simulation happened, I’d be high enough. Just. Maybe.

      • ChrisMorley

        Long Island is not enough protection for Connecticut, because the tsunami will sneakily arrive from the Atlantic around the eastern end of Long Island.
        Tides already do this, twice a day.

        • ColdCountry

          Yeah, I get how tides work, I grew up a Connecticut River rat, but Long Island does provide a measure of protection. It would depend on the exact angle, I guess.

    • Mikey

      and remember, when the sky clears, get inside and get warm.. it’s gonna get REALLY cold!!

      (btw, one of my favourite opening credits themes of any movie)

  • Mike C

    The person you heard running down Bedford Ave shouting “Manny! Manny!” was me.

  • ColdCountry

    A warning for Central Park? What about the rest of New York City?

  • TexasBoy

    The GOP is in closed door session trying to figure out how to blame the Obamas and the Clintons

  • JWC

    This again .A relative new phenomenon False alerts being generated to cell phones alerting to natural disasters Why now, who is responsible Hackers Bots??

    • leastyebejudged

      I’d like to see some proof for that statement, that assumption, it sets off my bullshit detector.

  • coram nobis

    An Atlantic tsunami is possible; there’s been a lot of speculation among scientists about the Canary Islands.

    Historically, there’s the Lisbon tsunami of 1755 to consider.

    The way Trump’s government is going, we’ll probably have no warning for the real thing.

    • Dazzer

      When, back in Dubya’s day, the research broke about how a geological event in the Canaries could cause a tsunami on the US east coast, there were some musings in Europe about holding the world’s biggest rave there to punish George W.

      It was meant in jest, of course.

  • Hunter M

    It was all over the local news here in Florida this morning, that they were going to be testing the system.

  • boatboy_srq

    This is the fourth significant emergency service failure in recent memory. If the GOTea is committed to making government dysfunctional as a justification for reducing it’s size, they could hardly do better than this. One wonders how accidental all these failures really are.

    • leastyebejudged

      Because there haven’t been any false alarms before, right ?

      Media bias is more than a political bias, it’s reporting shit that’s similar instead of other shit that’s arguably way, way more important.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Now, if I were a cynical man, I’d start to wonder if this and other such incidents weren’t the Trump Junta trying to create greater anxiety within the populace in an attempt to make them more pliable. It wouldn’t be the first time a despot has done this kind of thing to promote fear to maintain control. But that wouldn’t happen in America, would it…

  • Bad Tom

    This shit never happened with President Obama.

    • Ann Kah

      C’mon now, the ability of an employee to screw up has never been under the control of the prez.

      • Bad Tom

        YOU LIST any set of comparable screwups under President Obama during a comparable time frame. Go ahead.

        I’m gonna include all the Naval collisions, too. WTF is up with those?

        Trumps wants to take credit for aviation safety? He gets credit for Navy deaths.

        • Ann Kah

          Calm down, I’m not a Trump fan and will fight him all the way. But there are plenty of direct criticisms of Trump himself that are not only valid but unprecedented and serious. I think blaming him for an employer screwup is unnecessary and petty.

          • Bad Tom

            These are alarming government employe screwups at levels high and low. The President is the chief executive officer of the USA. That person is legitimately ultimately responsible for the actions of the government.


            Do you think Republicans would have let Obama off the hook if this GARBAGE had happened on his watch?

            They excoriated him for wearing a brown suit.

            I understand you are not a Trump fan. I disagree with your level of alarm.
            Don’t you dare tell me to calm down. We need to be marching in the streets.