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National Weather Service Accidentally Sends 'Civil Emergency' Alert In CT

The National Weather Service inadvertently sent out a civil emergency message while testing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio.
The National Weather Service inadvertently sent out a civil emergency message while testing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Radio. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Television viewers in Connecticut on Saturday evening may have been confused — or even alarmed — by an onscreen message  that said there was a "civil emergency." But it was all a mistake.

At about 6:35 p.m. Saturday, a message similar to a weather warning went across the screen, saying that there was a civil emergency for two counties in New York and four counties in Connecticut.

The National Weather Service said it had intended to send out a test but mistakenly sent out an actual emergency alert.

The NWS of New York released the following statement:

"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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