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Action News 5's mobile apps keep you updated with weather, traffic

(WMC-TV) - Don't be caught in the storm, or on the roads, without the Action News 5 StormTrack or news app.

Both of our free mobile apps have unique features that will keep you up to date on the latest weather conditions, as well as traffic situations.

To download one or both apps, search ACTION NEWS 5 in your app store. Both are available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

STORMTRACK APP:

The Action News 5 Stormtracker app is a FREE app featuring content from the Action News 5 weather team. The app include push alerts for severe weather warnings and the ability to submit weather photos and videos to WMC-TV.

The alerts are sent based on the device's location, using GPS. This means you don't have to select any particular county - you are simply warned if severe weather is threatening the current location of your device.

You can customize what type or "class" of alert you wish to receive, or choose to select none. Severe weather is selected by default. Options include:

Winter
Tropical
Severe
Flood
Marine
Other
None

"Severe" is the default selection if you opt-in on the first install of the app.

To customize the alert settings in an iPhone, click the "i" icon in the top right corner of the app screen. Then, scroll down to the "Weather Alerts" and select which type of alert you want. Once you have selected your type, click "Done" at the top of the app screen.

If you are running iOS 5.0 or newer, you can also customize how you want your alerts displayed. To do this, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, then click "Notifications" and then select the Action News 5 Stormtracker app and follow the instructions.

Other features include:

The ability to plot watch and warning outlines from either the US National Weather Service or Environment Canada. For example, users can overlay current radar over the outline of the latest severe thunderstorm warning.

As you type" location searching will make adding additional locations to your favorite list easier and more intuitive. In addition, changes have been made to the overall user interface for location editing.

All versions of the app offer:

Interactive map optimized for 3G and WiFi performance

Vertical and horizontal map display with animated radar map looping

NOWRAD, a highly responsive modern radar map display

Storm tracking to show which way storms are moving

Current temperatures, high temperature, low temperature, dewpoint

Highest resolution satellite cloud imagery available

Exclusive Road Weather Index (patent pending)

Color-coded weather alerts arranged by severity

Fully-integrated GPS for current location awareness

Integrated compass overlay for iPhone 3GS and 4 models

Video forecasts from the WSFA 12 News Weather team

Accurate 10-day forecasts with both daily and hourly detail

Sunrise, sunset, UV index

Ability to easily save your favorite locations

Customize display settings for map layers (radar, satellite, road weather, wind speed, tropical satellite)

Custom overlays (turn on or off): Earthquakes, Storm Tracks, Tropical Tracks, Compass

Display temperature units in Farenheit or Celsius

Display wind units in Mph or Kph

Full-featured and user tested

Earthquake plotting - tap on an earthquake to display its detail

Full featured and user tested

Weather Widget for unlock page

Storm Track Plotting

Tropical Track Plotting

Status bar alert acknowledgement

Alerts over map on/off switch in settings

English and Spanish support (version 1.6 and higher)

NEWS APP:

Get breaking news, weather, sports, traffic, and more from Action News 5 and WMCTV.COM on our news app for your smart phone.

The app offers dozens of stories and videos, an interactive weather map, and the ability to share and save stories for offline reading in the "My View" section.

In addition, the Action News 5 news app allows you to submit pictures and video directly to WMC-TV5 News in the "My Report" section.

Other features:

Breaking news alerts

Push notifications

Traffic map

Video on-demand

Sports stories

Fever scores

School closings

Technology News

The app is available for iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) users, Android users, and BlackBerry users. To download and install the free app, search "Action News 5" in your App Store, Google Play (formerly known as Android Market,) or BlackBerry World.

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