National Weather Service accidentally sends out “civil emergency” alert

(WTNH) — If you were watching television around 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, you probably saw a message that said there was an emergency alert for two states.

The message stated there was a civil emergency for two counties in New York and four counties in Connecticut.

News 8 spoke with officials for the Connecticut Emergency Alert System. Officials told us that someone at the National Weather Service intended to send out a test alert, but mistakenly sent out an actual emergency alert.

The National Weather Service of New York has released the following statement regarding the incident.

The National Weather Service inadvertently sent out a civil emergency message while testing the NOAA Weather Radio. This message had no text within it and was only disseminated through NOAA Weather Radio. We are sorry for any interruptions in communications this has caused.




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