When the devastating EF-5 tornado smashed through Newcastle and Moore, Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, 20th of May, 2013, destroying everything in its path, taking 24 lives and injuring scores more, still it could have been much worse. The National Weather Service issued the initial tornado warning a full 36 minutes before the tornado began to cross through Moore. This type of lead-time saves lives and people in the Plains states – “Tornado Alley” – certainly pay heed to these warnings.
When some signficiant event occurs somewhere in the world, regardless of it being a local, regional, or global event, it can and does affect text messaging to and from that locale. Why is this? Does SMS work when a simple “pick-up-the-phone-and-call” does not?