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A meteorologist calls children during the broadcast to warn them of a tornado

A Washington, DC, area meteorologist put everything on hold to make a very important call on Thursday and is being applauded for the decision.

During a tornado warning, NBC Washington chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer was on the air watching the storm when he realized it was time for him to pick up the phone, Today reported Friday.

The news station posted video footage on social media of Kammerer in front of the screen as he followed the inclement weather moving through the area:

He told viewers he was moving directly above his own home in Maryland as he held his cell phone and called his son.

“Kenton, are you there, buddy?” Hey man, I want you to go down to the basement. We got a tornado warning,” Kammerer told the person on the other end of the line. “I want to make sure you and Cally get down as soon as you can.”

Kammerer then told them to move into a room in the basement and remain seated for the next 10 to 15 minutes. “Do it now,” he told his son.

According to Ready.gov, anyone under a tornado or severe weather warning should go to a safe, basement, storm cellar or small indoor room, and also avoid windows, doors and exterior walls. .

After the call ended, Kammerer turned back to the camera and told viewers, “I have to warn my kids, because I know what my kids are doing right now, they’re probably playing online,” he said. he explained, adding that they weren’t looking. him on television.

Kammerer share the clip in a social media post on Thursday and said her children were safe.

“Scary moment for me though, I was kinda freaking out inside,” he wrote:

Followers praised him for making sure his family knew what was going on.

Shout out to @dougkammerer for being an example to viewers by showing them that it only takes seconds to make a difference, and to the team for rolling the camera!” one user responded.

“Doug – while you were taking care of us and protecting us, God was taking great care of your family. Glad everyone is safe and sound,” another commented.

According to Today article, Kammerer said he was grateful no one was hurt during the storm.




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