On March 31, Doug Kammerer called his children to warn them of a tornado warning heading to their Maryland neighborhood. It’s a classic dad gesture — they love watching over us — but it’s also part of the job when you’re NBC Washington’s chief weatherman. But what made this exchange memorable was that the meteorologist warned his children that a tornado was coming on air.
In a clip shared on social media, Kammerer can be seen delivering a tornado warning weather report while clearly distracted by his phone. As he explained where the tornado was expected to land, noting that it was going to pass right over his house, he broke off when his son answered the phone. “Are you there, buddy? »
“Yeah,” her son can be heard saying.
“I want you to go down to the basement, we have a tornado warning,” he told his son, ordering the boy to go down to the basement bedroom immediately with his sister and wait 10 or 15 minutes. “Do it now.”
Phone aside, he has resumed giving a weather report to the whole community.
“Just, you know: I have to warn my children!” he said. “Because I know what my kids are doing right now. They probably play online and they don’t see this.”
Oh children: always with the games. It’s good to know that TV personalities are not immune to parenting troubles.
Kammerer later shared on Twitter that her children were safe, but it was a bit scary. “The kids were home alone and I knew they weren’t watching me on TV!” he wrote. “Scary moment for me though, I was freaking out a bit inside.”
Despite all of this, Kammerer remained calm under the pressure and resumed reporting the weather, including the fact that, minutes laterthe warning was cancelled.