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Mississippi meteorologist Matt Laubhan prays on-air for tornado victims

Mississippi meteorologist
Matt Laubhan became emotional when reporting on the deadly tornado approaching the small town of Amory. WTVA

A Mississippi meteorologist broke down and prayed as he watched a mile-wide tornado crash into a small town in real time late Friday.

Matt Laubhan of WTVA was reporting on the deadly series of storms that slammed through the Mississippi Delta Friday night, killing at least 24, when he realized the town of Amory was going to take a direct hit.

“‘Oh man, north side of Amory, this is coming in,'” said Matt Laubhan of WTVA just before 11 p.m. on Friday. “‘Oh, man. Dear Jesus, please help them. Amen.'”

This is the dramatic moment a Mississippi meteorologist began to pray as he watched a mile-wide tornado crash into a small town.
Trees lie on a house in Rolling Fork, Miss., on Saturday, March 25, 2023, a day after a tornado caused widespread damage in the town.
Emergency rescuers and first responders climb through a tornado demolished mobile home park looking for bodies that might be buried in the piles of debris, insulation, and home furnishings, Saturday morning, March 25, 2023, in Rolling Fork, Miss.
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Amory, a town with a population of just over 6,000, is located 100 miles west of Birmingham.

Laubhan — an Emmy Award-winning weatherman and Kansas native — got emotional and could hardly look at the camera as he watched the radar to track the storm, which he called “a life-threatening tornado.”

“‘Here’s the thing about this, y’all trust me too much,’ he told viewers during his report. “‘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.”