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‘Dear Jesus, please help them’: Dramatic Moment Mississippi Meteorologist Calls On God


This is the dramatic moment a Mississippi meteorologist began to pray as he watched a mile-wide tornado crash into a small town. 

WTVA‘s Matt Laubhan, of Tupelo, grew emotional as he was reporting on the tornado that was heading straight toward Amory – 100 miles West of Birmingham – shortly before 11pm on Friday. 

‘Here’s the thing about this, y’all trust me too much,’ he said on the newscast. ‘I tell you where it’s going to go and some of you guys are like: “That’s where it’s gonna go.” The reality of this, this could be changing direction. So, Amory, we need to be in our safe place.’ 

The Kansas-born meteorologist could barely look up at the camera as he focused a close look on the radar. When a ‘new scan’ came into the news station, Laubhan, a father-of-two, turned more troubles as he leaned down on the table for support.

‘Oh man, North side of Amory, this is coming in’ he said. ‘Oh, man. Dear Jesus, please help them. Amen.’ 

 

WTVA’s Matt Laubhan grew emotional as he was reporting on the tornado that was heading straight toward Amory – 100 miles West of Birmingham – shortly before 11pm on Friday

 

Laubhan barely looked up at the camera as he kept a close eye on the radar. When a ‘new scan’ came into the news station, Laubhan turned more distressed as he leaned down on the table for support. ‘Oh man, North side of Amory, this is coming in’ he said. ‘Oh, man. Dear Jesus, please help them. Amen’

 

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The Emmy-winning weatherman then went on to say it would hit Highway 6, which goes into the center of town, within ’20 seconds.’ 

Twenty-three people died in the state from the tornado, including several in Monroe County – where Amory is located – among them a father and his daughter who were sheltering at home. His wife and other two children survived, but were hospitalized, according to NBC News.

Rolling Fork suffered from 13 weather-related deaths.

‘The damage is tremendous,’ Sharkey County Coroner Angelia Eason told NBC News. ‘It’s awful.’ 

In Amory, a gas station was left heavily damaged and huge planks of wood distributed across the ground and debris littered the area.

First Light of Rolling Fork Mississippi after a Violent tornado.

 

Heavy flooding also took place in the area, as well as many downed tree limbs blocking roadways and littering roadsides.

No less than 11 tornadoes including at least one monster one-mile-wide 135mph tornado ripped through the area Friday night, annihilating neighborhoods, ripping roofs off homes and taking down power lines – leaving victims trapped under rubble and thousands without power.

Over 30 million people were under a tornado warning through the evening and were being warned to brace for the killer storms which brought golf ball-sized hail.

Severe damage has been reported in the town of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, after the tornado ripped through homes and businesses

 

Authorities cautioned those in its path to brace for a ‘life-threatening situation’ and on Saturday morning sent out search-and-rescue teams to several counties in the region.

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A tornado confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) struck the towns of Silver City and Rolling Fork, the most recent of which was described as ‘obliterated’ by one resident.

 

Semi trucks were destroyed in Sharkey County after the storm hit. At least 23 people have died due to the storm and several more are injured

‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ Brandy Showah told CNN‘This was a very great small town, and now it’s gone.’

So far, recorded deaths include 13 roughly 60 miles northwest of Jackson in Sharkey County, home to Rolling Fork, according to county coroner Angelia Easton.

Three others were killed and at least two in a critical condition in Humphreys County, emergency management director Royce Steed told the outlet early Saturday morning.

In Carroll County, three people died in one home, coroner Mark Stiles said adding that it appears they were killed in a tornado.

Meanwhile, two people were killed in Monroe County in northeastern Mississippi, coroner Alan Gurley said.

The tornado has left a trail of destruction and storm debris at least 100 miles long, and is reportedly already smashing Alabama.

The storms knocked out power for more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee as of 5.45 am ET, with more than 70,000 outages reported in Tennessee alone, according to PowerOutage.us.

 

Wind and rain in Thaxton created an eerie visual outside as the tornado neared

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

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