weather warning test

K-State and the National Weather Service sent incorrect text alerts about a tornado warning Tuesday morning. The alerts should’ve said officials were conducting a statewide test.

It was just a test.

Kansas National Weather Service officials said they are looking into the cause of a false tornado warning sent statewide Tuesday morning.

People received an alert on their phone from the National Weather Service or a text message from Kansas State University about a tornado warning, but officials were only conducting a test of the state’s severe weather warning systems.

Kansas National Weather Service offices later on Twitter said the alerts were supposed to include language about being a test.

“The National Weather Service issued a properly coded TEST tornado warning,” the NWS Kansas City office tweeted. “Somewhere in the Wireless Emergency Alert System chain, the message was misinterpreted as an actual warning and sent it out that way.”

The National Weather Service, along with Kansas emergency management agencies, sounded tornado sirens across the state at 10 a.m. Tuesday. In Manhattan, the sirens sounded and residents who are signed up for text message alerts from K-State received notifications of tornado warnings for the campuses in Manhattan, Salina, and Olathe.

There is no severe weather in the forecast for the next several days in the Manhattan area.

The National Weather Service conducts these tornado drills each year as part of their efforts to bring severe weather awareness to the forefront as spring arrives.