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WTVA Meteorologist Orders Staffers to the Basement as Tornado Sweeps Through Tupelo

Employees at WTVA, the NBC affiliate in Tupelo, were forced to seek shelter during a live broadcast this afternoon as a tornado approached the area (video above).

“This is a tornado emergency for Lee County,” chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan said moments before the evacuation. “This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak. And this could be deadly.”

Around 3 p.m., Laubhan informed viewers that the station, which was reportedly running on backup power, was sheltering most people, “except the absolutely essential staff.”

The station later tweeted, “We are safe here.”

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Matt Laubhan Named Chief Meteorologist at WTVA

Matt Laubhan has been named chief meteorologist at WTVA in Tupelo, MS. The NBC-affiliate announced the move this week, saying that Laubhan would become the first and only certified meteorologist in northern Mississippi.

“Dozens of meteorologists applied for this opportunity, but in the end we kept coming back to Matt,” said WTVA news director Jeff Houston. “His passion and knowledge for weather is obvious to anyone who talks to him.”

Laubhan, who is currently the chief meteorologist at KLBK in Lubbock, TX, will succeed WTVA’s longtime weather chief Dick Rice. The station announced in December that Rice, who has been with WTVA for 31 years, would be scaling back his duties, becoming chief meteorologist emeritus.

Laubhan is perhaps best know, at least nationally, for proposing to his girlfriend, KAMC anchor Emily Leonard, during a newscast. Read more