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Meteorologist’s House Damaged by Tornado While He’s Live on Air

ABC 33/40 and Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa’s iconic chief meteorologist James Spann had to step away early from his wall-to-wall weather coverage of severe weather Thursday afternoon after he received news that his own home had been hit by a tornado.

Spann pulled himself away from hours-long coverage of a supercell storm that crossed the entire state of Alabama Thursday to speak with his wife. Thankfully, she was OK after taking cover in a nearby tornado shelter.

Spann’s home in Shelby County, though, did not fare as well.

“The reason I had to step out, we had major damage at my house,” Spann said as soon as he returned on air. “I had to be sure — my wife is OK, but the tornado came right through there and it’s not good, it’s bad. It’s bad.”

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Although he said his house sustained major damage, Spann quickly went back to work tracking the storms coming through West Alabama.

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