Meteorologist Gets Death Threats for Interrupting Tiger Woods Tournament With Tornado Updates

A meteorologist in Atlanta said some viewers threatened to kill her after she interrupted a broadcast of Tiger Woods’s golf tournament with tornado updates.

In the face of the deadly southern storms moving across the country, Ella Dorsey, meteorologist with CBS46 in Atlanta, Georgia, issued tornado updates on April 14, in the last hour of the Masters golf tournament in which Woods went on to win his first major championship since 2008.

Some fans clearly didn’t appreciate the interruptions forcing Dorsey to post to Twitter that she would continue to issue warnings to ensure public safety—despite receiving death threats.

The National Weather Service confirmed a total of 42 tornadoes across eight states from Texas to Pennsylvania starting early on Saturday morning, April 13. At least nine people have been reported dead, including three children. Two of the nine deaths occurred in flash flooding in Louisiana.

A gas station damaged by the flood in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on April 13, 2019. (Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)
Men clean up house debris at Hamilton, Mississippi, on April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Dorsey announced the weather warnings via a split screen while the golf tournament continued to be broadcast on mute.

Some viewers complained that the interruptions were too lengthy and could be done via text scrolling at the bottom of the screen.

Other viewers, didn’t mind, and were grateful for the warnings.

The split-screen tornado warnings didn’t bother a golf fan either.

Dorsey’s news director, Steve Doerr, was surprised by the vitriol that Dorsey’s tornado warnings elicited.

“The venom around this was insane, even by social media standards,” he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

To those who doubted Dorsey’s tweet, he said: “They wouldn’t be skeptical if they were here yesterday answering phone calls. People were vicious.”

A tornado did later sweep through Butts County, Georgia, felling power lines and trees through the metro area in its wake.

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Author: Keng Onn Wong