As the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning Monday evening for parts of the Bay Area, some people's mobile phones lit up with an alert -- but many others did not.
The alerts are part of a new system the FCC and FEMA rolled out earlier this year to send emergency messages to people's phones. There are three kinds of alerts:
Monday night around 7:30 p.m., the NWS issued a tornado warning for Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, saying a tornado had been spotted near MacDill Air Force Base.
Unfortunately, many cell phone users did not get the alert. That's because not all phones and operating systems are capable of receiving them.
To see if your device is capable of receiving the alerts, you have to check with your carrier.
Here is a link with a list carriers, and frequently asked questions about the system: http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/AID/12082
Weather alerts coming soon to a smartphone near you:
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