MADISON (WXOW) -- The National Weather Service is apologizing after a tornado warning was issued Monday morning to people throughout southeast Wisconsin through email and text alerts on their phones.
The NWS says the alert was supposed to be a test and was conducted in preparation for the April 18th EAS Tornado Warning drill.
In a statement, the NWS said, "The intent was to issue a test tornado warning. The wording in the warning and in the public information statement issued at 8:15 a.m. indicated that it was a test tornado warning. Unfortunately, we issued this warning with a vtec code of O for operational instead of T for text. The warning did not go to NOAA Weather Radio, but it did go out as a live tornado warning through most of the digital vendor services. There was no threat of a tornado, and we apologize for the confusion and inconvenience that this caused."
WXOW-TV or wxow.com had nothing to do with the alert being sent out.
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