According to CNN's Jake Tapper, following the mistaken alert sent out to everyone in Hawaii that a missile attack was imminent, he heard from friends in the island chain who were crying and sending their goodbyes to friends.
Early Saturday morning, an official in Hawaii issued an erroneous warning that reached cell phones and interrupted television programming to announce a missile attack -- presumably from North Korea.
According to the message that sent in big bold letters reading: “Ballistic missile inbound to Hawaii. Seeks shelter immediately. This is not a drill.”
In his tweet, Tapper relayed, "So sorry for all the people in Hawaii who went through that — we know someone who’s there with her family. Crying in closet texting goodbyes to loved ones, husband shielding their baby. Sounds traumatic. Hang in there, folks."
Tapper's comments were seconded by others on Twitter who also shared panicked and sorrowful text messages.
You can see them below:
So sorry for all the people in Hawaii who went through that — we know someone who’s there with her family. Crying i… https://t.co/koYJPZemis— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1515871720.0
This was my phone when I woke up just now. I'm in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were… https://t.co/PNzlvH18sz— Sara Donchey (@Sara Donchey)1515869898.0
From the tourist perspective, there were dozens of them gathered in this hotel lobby panicking and holding each oth… https://t.co/YMgYcsHX8L— GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077 (@GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077)1515874273.0
My friend in Hawaii got the alert and had to quickly choose between which members of his family he would spend his… https://t.co/5JJOXfc1M7— GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077 (@GenePu̶̗͇͆ń̵̲́͜k 2077)1515873941.0