False alarm: Tsunami warning triggers confusion in Connecticut

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HARTFORD – It was just a test – thankfully.

Residents in Connecticut were jolted Thursday morning when a tsunami warning ran on some local stations, PIX11 News sister station FOX CT reports.

The false alarm was, in reality, an internal test of the Emergency Announcement System that was mistakenly broadcast, according to the Connecticut Broadcasters Association.

FOX CT reports the National Weather Service office in Brookhaven, Long Island, sent out the warning on NOAA weather radio and some stations in Connecticut relayed that test.

“As part of a routine monthly test issued by the National Weather Service/NWS National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer Alaska..the NWS New York NY officer sent a tsunami test warning message over NOAA weather radio all hazards,” the agency said in a statement. “This transmission was sent to local emergency alert systems for possible redistribution.”

There was never a threat to the Constitution State, the agency added.

Sunshine dominates the rest of the week’s forecast in Connecticut, where temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s during this first week of fall.

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