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(Las Vegas, NV) — With intense rain and flash floods happening across Nevada, the National Weather Service is using the latest smart phone technology to warn people they may be in a dangerous area.

Meteorologist Todd Lericos says the weather service can outline areas on their coverage map where severe storms or flash floods can or will be happening.

When a GPS-enabled smart phone enters that area, an alarm tone sounds, alerting the phone’s owner to the weather danger they could be facing.

The smart phone alerts also can be used for AMBER Alerts and special emergency messages from the White House.

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