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Cell phone warnings could save lives

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During the monsoon, storms can form in a matter of minutes and dangerous conditions can come out of seemingly no where. Radio and Television has traditionally been the source of most weather warnings, but in the last few years, warnings are able to be broadcast through your smart phone.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are sent out by government agencies to participating cell-phone providers who then pass those warnings along to users who are in the warning area. Major weather warnings are covered by this system along with other major events:

  •    Tsunami Warnings (see Fact Sheet)
  •    Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings
  •    Hurricane, Typhoon, Dust Storm and Extreme Wind Warnings

Along with the weather warnings, Amber Alerts are able to be broadcast to your cell phone. The hope is to give you the information you need quickly and help keep you out of harms way.

Here is an example of what that warning might look like:

 

Of course, when you get one of these warnings, the best place to turn is your TucsonNewsNow weather app to see the warnings and storms in real-time.

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