Weather alerts coming soon to smartphone near you

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Millions of smartphone users will soon begin receiving text messages about severe weather from a sophisticated government system that can send a blanket warning to mobile devices in the path of a dangerous storm.

The National Weather Service's new Wireless Emergency Alerts system offers a new way to warn Americans about menacing weather, even if they are nowhere near a television, radio or storm sirens.

When a warning is issued for a specific county, a message will cause late-model smartphones in that area to sound a special tone and vibrate. Beginning Thursday, the system will notify people about tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards and other threats.

Users do not have to sign up for the service. And people who prefer not to get the warnings can opt out of the system.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 160659805