Tupelo Tornado Sends Weatherman, News Crew Running to Basement

Monday, 28 Apr 2014 06:48 PM

By Angela Deines

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Staff members of a Tupelo, Miss., television station had to evacuate their studios Monday afternoon as a tornado bore down on the southern U.S. city and parts of Alabama.

WTVA-TV’s chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan can be seen in a video of the newscast warning viewers of the deadly tornado that was coming through Tupelo in northeast Mississippi and then telling his co-workers to get to the station’s shelter.

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“This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak and this could be deadly,” Laubhan says. Then, "Everybody, basement now. Basement now."

The tornado that sent the news crew to the basement ripped through Tupelo around 2:45 p.m., The Weather Channel reported, causing damage and injuries along the way.

"There has been significant property damage in northern portions of the city," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton told The Weather Channel.

According to his biography on WTVA’s website, Laubhan grew up Kansas, a state also known to be part of “Tornado Alley.”

At least 16 people were killed in tornados that broke out in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas on Sunday, the majority of the fatalities occurring in the town of Vilonia, near Little Rock, Ark.

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