Thankfully we don't have too many run-ins with tornadoes in the trig-state area, but other parts of the country deal with this stuff on the regular. And while this is a normal occurrence for certain people, you never really expect it to happen live on TV!
Well that's what happened Sunday night in Greensboro, North Carolina as the crew from WFMY got ready to broadcast the 5:00 news. Meteorologists at the station had been tracking the tornado for quite some time throughout the day on Facebook Live, but eventually when power surges knocked the station off the air the crew had to find shelter in a cinderblock hallway as the storm passed overhead.
The news team was luck though, as the same storm that only breezed by their building did significant damage down the street in neighboring communities.
“It was nerve-racking,” said Terran Kirksey, another meteorologist at WFMY. “I’ve covered tornadoes on-air since 2010, and that was the first time one impacted my station.”
This isn't the first time that station's have had live encounters with tornadoes like this. In May of 2013 KSN-TV in Wichita evacuated their studio while they were on-air as a tornado barreled through.
“You know, in 20 years I’ve never said this, but I think it’s our time to go."
No matter where you are, tornadoes don't mess around. It's scary to think about what these people and the people in the communities around them went through as these storms came through the area.