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Published June 18, 2012, 09:57 PM

New service will send severe weather alerts to cell phones

(WDAY TV) - Starting this week if there's severe weather where you are you'll hear about it on your cell phone.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Starting this week if there's severe weather where you are you'll hear about it on your cell phone. It's a new nationwide emergency alert system.

The National Weather Service will send the alerts automatically to your cell phone if you're in an area where an alert is issued for things like tornadoes, flash floods and blizzards. It won't cover severe thunderstorm warnings because they happen so often.

The alerts will look like a text. But you won't have to open them up to read them. This isn't an traditional app. You don't have to sign up for anything.

Greg Gust - NWS Meteorologist: “It allows the warning to get out to a broader audience more quickly be realize it is not a replacement of sirens in a community, for weather radio or local radio or television. "

Your phone has to be set up to receive texts for the new alerts to work.

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