Computer Issue Botches Statewide Tornado Drill
A statewide tornado drill was planned for Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 PM as a part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan. But, the source of emergency information for media outlets across the western half of the state reportedly malfunctioned.
According to WLNS.com, the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids blames a computer malfunction for an early signal that affected television and radio stations, not only in Lansing and Jackson, but Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Northern Michigan outlets as well.
The story from WLNS cites a warning tone being sent 20 minutes early. But, our alert system at Townsquare Media-Lansing was activated at 12:07 PM.