For those watching KAIT on TV or on the station’s Facebook page Saturday, the coverage no doubt saved lives. It’s about as riveting live weather coverage as you’ll see.
KAIT Chief Meteorologist, Ryan Vaughan, and meteorologist Zach Holder, double teamed live coverage of the Jonesboro, Ark., tornado Saturday as it formed, then tracked it live as it moved over the city, debris swirling throughout. KAIT is Gray’s ABC-NBC-CW affiliate in the market (DMA 183).
The rooftop camera angle gave the viewers a front row seat to the powerful twister as the meteorologists warned everyone to get to their safe area.
For those watching KAIT on TV or on the station’s Facebook page, the coverage no doubt saved lives.
It’s about as riveting live weather coverage as you’ll see.
Here’s the Facebook Live video, some six hours long, but just outstanding continuous coverage. The first 2-3 minutes are when you can clearly see the cloud settle and the tornado forms.
And here’s a Youtube video of highlighting the tornado touching down and moving through the city.
NOTE: Thanks to Tim Ingram, Gray’s SVP of local media for alerting me to the story. “Yesterday afternoon a tornado struck,” wrote Ingram Sunday. “It was a pretty big one. Tore through the main retail area of the city, derailed a train, took out the airport and did major damaged to countless homes. This was after the NWS had pulled their tornado warning. The Chief Met refused to go off, and the weather team stayed on air, keeping people safe. There was no loss of life in this storm and only six minor injuries reported. People there are crediting KAIT and their weather team for saving lives.”
And if I were king, all my TV stations would have the kind of contact page KAIT does. Check it out.