Get out of that gully now!

Across the Boston area, a million cell phones suddenly cried out: Flash-flood warning until 3 p.m. Avoid flood areas now, the NWS warns.

At 104 PM EDT Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. These storms have produced 2 to 3 inches of rainfall per hour. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

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FYI, if you didnt get the

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FYI, if you didnt get the alert you should be concerned. It's important to get the emergency messages.

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EMERGENCY !!!!!!!!!!!

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IT'S GOING TO RAIN !!!!!! SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY !!!!!!!

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RIGHT?!?

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Since when have high winds, flash flooding or lightning ever killed anybody?

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Amber Alert

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A child that goes by the name Common Sense was reported missing.

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It's amazing that the human

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It's amazing that the human race somehow survived for tens of thousands of years without cell phones sending them emergency alerts. I can't imagine how they did it.

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People who grew up in the 60s used to make similar arguments

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I grew up without seatbelts and I survived!

Yeah, you did, but there were people who didn't, only they're not around to say so.

Sure, the vast majority of us don't need to be warned of imminent flash flooding, we don't live next to arroyos or whatever, but why not use the technology to warn people of impending dangers? If the alerts really annoy you, it's not that hard to turn them off on your phone.

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They didn't.

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They didn't.

Not just in the literal sense that everyone born before 1890 is now dead: look up things like life expectancy at birth, and causes of death before then. We hear a lot about the value of hygiene, vaccination, and antibiotics--and take things like stoves, which save children from falling into cooking fires and being badly burned, for granted.

I was going to say "feel free to ignore those warnings and go play in a category 4 hurricane," but I don't want to encourage a situation where some firefighter, Coast Guard sailor, or other emergency responder is taking risks to save your foolish ass.

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I'm assuming you don't carry

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I'm assuming you don't carry a cell phone because people lived tens of thousands of years without cell phones.

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Per phone setting

On most phones you can set your phone to ring, vibrate, or anything else for weather, emergency, and amber alerts. Dig in the settings.

One notable exception: The FCC mandates that phones make audible sound for "Presidential Alerts" and these can not be disabled.

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I'm really offended

...that you think our President would be so petty as to use an emergency broadcasting system to rehash his election results from 2016.

Obviously, he'd use it for important current events, such as whining about someone who was mean to him on CNN last night.

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Honestly, all I could think

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Honestly, all I could think of was that early episode from one of the early seasons of Survivor (Outback, I think): "Hey - Let's put the campsite in a dry creekbed!"

I always wondered a little bit where the decision fell on that between "stupid contestants", "stupid production crew", or "Machiavellian producers that deliberately placed it there and if it didn't rain & flood naturally by a certain episode would have brought in fire trucks & tanker trucks of water to make it happen"

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