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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
I was watching KTVT CBS 11, when the tornado warning was issued. They certainly came on air late, but their coverage was wild. As they had a storm spotter on the road and you literally see the tornado pass in-front his vehicle and the tornado destroy cars and cause extensive damage. The meteorologist kept telling him to stop and pull over and thankfully he did. As you can see other cars drove right into the tornado and were flipped over and damaged. Wild tv.
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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
The moment the debris starts falling is 12:30 and then the tornado crossing the expressway happens. These are always the most dangerous types of tornadoes. When they are rain wrapped and at night. It must have been terrifying as those drivers had their cars assaulted with debris.
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Capybara111 posts since 24 Jul 2018
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Forgive me if I'm missing something but shouldn't there have been an EAS message for the tornado warning rather than it just being the station's call to interrupt programming?

Could it have been a 9/11 type where the stations had interrupted before an EAS and then there was no point putting a message out because the station was already covering it?
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Capybara111 posts since 24 Jul 2018
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I'm not an expert but I thought the weather ones came from the equivalent of the Met Office?

Even if it were possible to cancel I can't imagine they would have if they weren't in rolling news that was covering it?

Yes, the National Weather Service sends messages to NOAA Weather Radio, which is an automated voice network of hyper-local radio stations. Warnings were definitely being put out, as you can hear them in the car tracking the storm. I found this though on Wikipedia:
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Stations are required by federal law to relay Emergency Action Notification (EAN) messages immediately (47 CFR Part 11.54).[17] Stations traditionally have been allowed to opt out of relaying other alerts such as severe weather, and child abduction emergencies (AMBER Alerts) if they so choose (in practice, severe weather alerts are typically delegated to a station's local news department, and presented on-air with analysis by a staff meteorologist).[18]

Which explains why there was no EAS on this coverage. Also, not all EAS messages are EANs (Emergency Action Notifications).
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Mouseboy332,723 posts since 10 Feb 2014
I'm not an expert but I thought the weather ones came from the equivalent of the Met Office?

Even if it were possible to cancel I can't imagine they would have if they weren't in rolling news that was covering it?

You are basically correct. If the station was covering it already or preparing their coverage its unnecessary for the EAS alert to be broadcast if its an over the air (antenna). If you are watching on cable tv, they typically will overlay the EAS alert in scroll or cover the entire screen. The audio will be completely covered by the alert. So you get the NWS NOAA radio alert, on weather radio, on broadcast radio, at the same time your phone will go off and then the outdoor sirens will go off if you live near one.


NOAA RADIO ALERT TRIGGERS AND FIRES OFF THE CABLE TV ALERT. In this case its shown to overlay the Weather Channel. (VIDEO AT 2:39] Additionally The WEATHER CHANNEL has built into its own system an alert that will trigger an a tone and a audio message that simply says a Tornado Warning has been issued for our Area. Then is will include a scrolling message. This is customized to a specific cable tv headend. So it work be broadcast across an entire area. Just were the headend is located.

THIS IS A CAR RADIO ALERT. [VIDEO :25] The audio drops and the alert is triggered by the NOAA Radio Alert

NOAA RADIO ALERT TRIGGERS ALARMS IN PRIVATE FACILITIES. [VIDEO 1:24] In this case the alert creates an automatic siren in each dorm room on the campus of a university. This saves the school from having to fire the alert. Its automatic and ensure the safety of the students, rather than an administrator having to fire off the alarm system. Clever.

WEA ALERTS ON SMART PHONES. The sound is the same as the other Alerts. In this case its for a FlashFlood Warning. I believe it works even if your phone is on silent. It will only trigger if your are the polygon of the warned area.



OUTDOOR SIRENS ARE TRIGGERED FOR THOSE OUTSIDE. Cannot be relied on to head indoors. Though you can typically hear them. Some have voice messages.




SCHOOL TORNADO PRECAUTIONS. [VIDEO 1:56] Head facing the wall hands over your head crouching.
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