An emergency alert was sent to Florida cellphones this afternoon concerning a site for Bay County residents to get food and water after Hurricane Michael.
According to 10Weather meteorologist Grant Gilmore, the alert was sent via the Wireless Emergency Alert System, which has been around since 2012. It is not related to the Presidential Alert System, which sent a test message recently.
This system has been used 40,000 times to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations.
Twitter users from across Florida reported receiving the alert even though they were far from Panama City.
We reached out to the FCC for comment but have not gotten a response.
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