Just as the crew of WFMY 5 p.m. news sat down to broadcast, a vicious tornado struck the city of Greensboro, N.C. The station itself was sideswiped by the twister, but other buildings were completely destroyed. It knocked out power and communications at WFMY and caused significant damage just one neighborhood away. The station’s crew, which was supposed to be on the air, had to seek shelter in a cinder-block hallway as the twister passed overhead. Tim Buckley, the chief meteorologist at the station, had already been tracking the storms through the afternoon. “We were in the line of this storm. We’d been on Facebook Live with our viewers for about four hours tracking the line,” Buckley said. “The tornado warning was issued about one minute before we took massive power hits at our station.” As the storm approached, the meteorologists hustled everyone to their shelter locations. For a few seconds, the live stream focused on a bright yellow “Safe Spot” sign as the staff ducked into their place of refuge. Buckley described “loud sounds and power flashes” as the storm snapped utility poles and left streets just a quarter mile away in shambles. Flew our drone @WFMY RedBird2 with @AztecPhotog… Read full this story
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