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NWS accidentally texts tornado warning in southeast Wisconsin Monday

Tornado graphic.
Tornado graphic.

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The National Weather Service accidentally texted a tornado warning to cell phone subscribers in southeast Wisconsin.

It happened late Monday morning.

The message told recipients of a tornado warning until 10:45 a.m., and to take shelter and check local media.

Rudy Schaar of the Weather Service said it was supposed to be issued as a test – but the wrong mode was used. The false tornado warning was also posted on the Weather Service Web site, but has since been deleted.

A winter storm warning is in effect for Monday night and Tuesday in much of southern Wisconsin, with up to a foot of snow predicted.

But actually, a tornado warning is not all that far-fetched. Five years ago, Kenosha County had a devastating tornado in early January. 30 homes were destroyed and 120 others had at least some damage, when a pair of twisters touched down.