Why do I get marine tornado warnings when on land?

  • Updated

You can receive marine emergency alerts if you are located on a lakefront that is close to where a marine warning is taking place. This happens because your device is connected to an LTE or 5G tower that is broadcasting the signal for the area under the alert. Not all wireless service providers currently distribute tornado warnings for marine areas. Until all wireless service providers can disseminate marine tornado warnings by the end of 2021, we recommend contacting your wireless service provider to confirm marine tornado warnings can be issued on your wireless device. In addition to wireless, alerts will also be available on TV and radio. Distributing alerts on multiple platforms helps ensure you receive this important information directly, or are near someone who has.