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Environment Canada says tornado warning for southern Ontario was issued by mistake

Environment Canada says a tornado warning for our area was issued by mistake.

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Geoff Coulson says the warning was issued Tuesday morning for much of southern Ontario, including Perth County, and stayed in place for between three and seven minutes before it was cancelled.

Coulson says testing goes on in the background on a regular basis as the weather agency is continually trying to improve its alerting system and this morning one of the test machines was accidentally hooked up to a live server which led to the warning making it out to the general public.

He says they are going to investigate what happened thoroughly and make sure it never happens again.

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“I think the negative feedback is totally justified, I think they’re quite right, the tornado warning is probably the most important waning that Environment Canada issues, often times issues with very little advance notice so we want people to react to these messages.”

Coulson adds the results of the investigation will be shared with the public if anything noteworthy is found.

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