ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann covered the tornado live as it passed through his own neighborhood.
Severe storms hit southern states Thursday night through Friday, including Alabama, where five people were reportedly killed and homes destroyed.
Long-trajectory tornadoes have ravaged communities, including that of legendary Alabama chief meteorologist James Spann.
Spann began his career as a meteorologist in 1978 at WCFT in Tuscaloosa and at the age of 23 became the youngest meteorologist to be appointed chief. Spann has dedicated his life to ensuring the safety of the public when Mother Nature strikes. He covered some of the most notable weather events in history, including the 2011 super epidemic and the 2020 Easter outbreak, when 21 tornadoes made landfall.
But on Thursday, his voice was not only used to warn the public, but also his own family. It happened as Spann covered the tornado outbreak from cover to cover, one of which passed directly over northern Shelby County, where his home is located.
This prompted his wife to head to her tornado shelter where she was thankfully protected from the tornado. After the storm passed, Spann’s wife came out to find that their house had been damaged.
The newsroom alerted Spann to what had happened while he was on the air. He calmly passed the reins to another meteorologist and took five minutes to check on the condition of his family and home. Upon his return, Spann said: “We had a tornado which caused a lot of damage around our house today. A pretty scary time. My wife got a warning. She had a plan. She was at it. shelter and she’s fine. ”
He went on to explain that the house is still intact and that he doesn’t want anyone to worry about him, but consider helping those who are homeless, injured or who have lost loved ones.
After the brief update, he went back to educating the public about the threat, surely saving more lives across the state.
James Spann continues his legacy and, if you want my opinion, has won another title: Weather Superhero.
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