The University of Missouri in Columbia had to recall an errant tornado alert that turned out to be part of a routine National Weather Service test.
The Columbia Missourian reports that the university sent the erroneous text messages and automated phone calls Tuesday afternoon to students and employees who subscribe to its emergency alert system. The messages warned of a possible tornado in Boone County.
A university spokesman said the school had not been aware that the Weather Service planned a statewide drill. A campus contractor automatically issues the emergency alerts. Email alerts included the disclaimer that the tornado warning was a test, but the text and phone messages were prerecorded.