(AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating why some northwestern
Indiana residents received alerts Tuesday about a tornado warning even
though the day was sunny and cold with no severe weather in sight.
received alerts on their phones, saw warnings on their televisions or
heard radio warnings of a tornado. They even went to Tippecanoe County
Sheriff Tracy Brown, who got the alerts on his cellphone.
"I received two
alerts. One said there was a tornado warning until 3 p.m.; the other said
3:15 p.m. and to take shelter now," Brown told the Journal & Courier.
inspection, he discovered those alerts were dated from 107 days ago, or
about the time of the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak across Indiana.
Weather Service said that stations in Indianapolis, Chicago and Fort Wayne
were not responsible for the alerts even though the end of the alert read
meteorologist Gino Izzi said a tornado warning test was issued Tuesday for
Illinois, but that alert clearly stated that it was a test and did not
affect Indiana. He the weather service is investigating Tuesday's tornado
"Those higher up
are investigating," he added.
Emergency Management Agency Director Smokey Anderson said he and his team
don't know which agency sent the alert, but he heard the warning early on
"We had several
calls to our office when it was happening," Anderson said.
was no panic over the alerts, and none of the county's 72 outdoor warning
sirens activated, he said.
enough that we don't want people thinking we don't know what we are doing
and telling them to take shelter when it is sunny and 20 degrees,"