WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The National Weather Service tells us that tornado warnings Wednesday afternoon that appeared on its severe weather feeds, which we receive on our website, are not real. The warnings appear to be the product of human error.
Wednesday evening an NWS official in the Silver Spring office said they had determined that the tornado warnings were supposed to be an internal test but that the information was coded incorrectly.
They released this statement earlier Wednesday afternoon:
Reports of several severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings have been received by the National Weather Service Office in Sterling...There have been no warnings issued by this office...and absolutely no severe weather is occuring or expected. The National Weather Service is troubleshooting the issue at this time. To repeat...no warnings are in effect...and no severe weather or tornadic activity is occuring or expected.