[Pokemon Go] Pokemon Go tells user to go outside during a Hurricane Irma National Weather Service warning

September 11, 2017

Pokemon Go is back in the spotlight after the application alerted a user to head outside to "catch them all" in the middle of a Hurricane Irma National Weather Service Emergency Alert.

Twitter user @ReturntheHunter shared a screenshot of the emergency alerts above the Pokemon Go alert.

"Different Pokemon may be appearing in parks around you. It's a great time to explore your local parks!" the notification from the popular mobile application reads. @ReturntheHunter captioned the screenshot saying, "Pokemon Go trying to murder people #HurricaneIrma."

Since sharing the photo Sunday morning, it has bee retweeted over 33,000 times and liked over 72,000 times. It also prompted nearly 400 Twitter users to comment on the odd notification timing. 

Lmao Pokemon Go probably be like.. "Now's a perfect time to catch a water Pokemon! A rare Gyrados is around the corner!

— Wayne Blackzky 🔥™️ (@Weber6God) September 10, 2017

My son just walked by the tv in his pikachu hat & i filmed it... then ran across this post. I caught a pikachu in this weather. 😂 pic.twitter.com/qTLcFoaSsy

— SIMPLY COMPLEX (@itsaightdoh) September 10, 2017

now we know who's responsible pic.twitter.com/9XKomh8nBQ

— ThatsMyCheeseMonster (@mycheesemonster) September 10, 2017

How else are you gonna snag that Rain Form Castform? pic.twitter.com/ByYy8Ca5Ew

— InquisitiveRavenclaw (@InquisitiveRav) September 10, 2017

Pokemon has its priorities 😂 pic.twitter.com/X6YVzrBnlz

— Karlsburg (@KarlsburgReview) September 10, 2017

Other Twitter users investigated the screenshot further and asked about the details of the push notification, including its timing and content.

Why is Pokémon trying to get people to go outside at 3 a.m.?

— Riley Heeter (@RiHeeter) September 10, 2017

Also, 2:57 AM might not be the best time to push notifications @NianticLabs

— ROCTransplant (@tahowe1) September 10, 2017

Developers of #Pokemongo could’ve used this and sent notifications that Pokémons evacuate 🤔

— Peter Denis (@piotrdenis) September 10, 2017

At its strongest, Hurricane Irma was a Category 4 hurricane when it destroyed many Caribbean islands, including Barbuda, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Cuba and many others. As of Sunday evening, the storm had weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with wind gusts of up to 130 mph and is tracking up the east coast of the Florida peninsula. 

More than 6 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in Southern Florida and some areas of the state are expected to get 5 to 10 feet of storm surge, including the Keys.


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