Wrong number: Area residents receive flood warning text alerts — in Puerto Rico

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SEATTLE — Cellphones across Western Washington alerted users about possible flash flooding in parts of the U.S. territory Wednesday, the Tacoma News Tribune reported. Several area residents reported getting the alert around 1:40 p.m.

We’re just hoping residents in Puerto Rico got the warning, too.

“Flash flood warning this area til 6 p.m. AST. Avoid flood areas. Check local media -NWS,” the message read, Tribune said. Why the text went out in Pierce County was not immediately clear.

It’s not the first time the relatively new Wireless Emergency Alert system has confused Pierce County residents, the paper reported. In December, the system warned of a blizzard on a sunny afternoon.

Read more from the Tribune, here.

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