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Twitter Watches KMOV’s ‘Mass Casualty Event’ Report During Tornado Prove False

Friday night, when tornadoes swept through the St. Louis area, KMOV, the local CBS affiliate broke into its weather coverage with a report about ‘a mass casualty event’ at a nearby Holiday Inn.

Over the course of the night, viewers seemed to figure out KMOV’s initial report wasn’t true at the same time the station did. Twitter users picked up on the story as it unfolded and eventually the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put together a timeline tracking the story’s evolution. Here is a timeline we put together with the times of the KMOV reports along with twitter traffic.

8:30 p.m.Steve Templeton is updating viewers on the unfolding weather scene. He is interrupted by KMOV meteorologist Matt Chambers. “Steve, I have to stop you for just a moment,” says Chambers. “The folks back in the control room just tell me, and there will be more information on this shortly I’m sure, and this is an exact quote from the control room, ‘We have a mass casualty episode at the Holiday Inn in Earth City.’” Chambers adds, “What I can say right now is mass casualty event at the Holiday Inn in Earth City.”

8:30 p.m. – Viewer Stephen Bolen tweets, “Mass casualty at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, per KMOV. #stlwx

8:41 p.m.Andy Carvin, senior strategist at NPR, tweets, “Apart from KMOV, is anyone else reporting a “mass casualty event” at the Earth City, MO Holiday Inn? Can’t find independent sources.”

Keep in mind Bolen lives in St. Louis. Carvin told TVSpy he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Meteorologist Katie Horner To Join KMOV

KMOV has announced Katie Horner will join the St. Louis CBS affiliate on January 7.

“I have spent 17 years studying, forecasting and helping people through every aspect of Missouri weather from ice storms, heat waves, floods and tornadoes,” Horner said. “It’s an honor to join KMOV’s team of dedicated, skilled meteorologists led by Steve Templeton.”

Over the summer, Horner announced she was leaving Kansas City’s KCTV to spend more time with her daughters. When she left the station last month, she said, “I still don’t know what I’m going to do when I leave KCTV 5.”

“There are few people who have the credentials Katie will bring to News 4,” said Sean McLaughlin, executive news director at KMOV. “She is a severe weather expert and will bolster our already strong weather team.”

Horner will forecast the weather on the Noon and 5 p.m. newscasts.