Meteorologist threatened over tornado warning cut-in

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) On Sunday, a meteorologist in northern Pennsylvania got death threats via social media after he cut into the World Cup finals for a tornado warning.

The storm did produce a confirmed tornado that damaged homes and left several trapped in the debris.

While the tornado warned storm affected a town in WENY’s viewing area, others who weren’t affected that evening took to Twitter to express their frustrations.

World Cup Cut In Twitter Quote1One tweet read, “I’m gonna direct this tornado right at this dork meteorologists house”

Numerous other tweets were sent with vulgar language including:

“Hope a tornado smacks their *expletive* station you p*****s”

This type of anger has become very commonly expressed on social media.

World Cup Cut In Twitter Quote3


Local television stations are obligated by law to cut into programming when there is an emergency situation locally or nationally.

“I want people to enjoy their programs,” WANE News Director Ted Linn said. “We don’t enjoy having to break in on the program, run crawls, put maps up, or any of these kind of things necessarily. It’s not what we want to do, it’s what we have to do.”

This prompted a discussion on Meteorologist Jesse Hawila’s Facebook page about severe weather cut in policy and the way it is carried out.

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