Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 5/14/2014
The Clarion-Ledger reports, "Many tornado-weary Tupelo [Miss.] residents credit their survival of the April 28 twister to Spain Family’s WTVA-TV Tupelo, Miss. Chief Meteorologist Matt Laubhan, whose urgent evacuation of the studio prompted many to take shelter at home, and which since has become a viral video on the Internet." The clip has been viewed over 1.2 million times. The newspaper quotes one resident who said, "Everyone is like, ’Matt Laubhan saved my life.’ Considering the severity of the damage, and the fact there was just one death, that’s a testament right there of the weather guy getting people prepared."
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