ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann’s relentless coverage of Thursday’s tornadoes took a brief pause as he found out his home sustained damage.
“What I’m doing is texting my wife to be sure she’s in the shelter,” Spann said as he was off camera Thursday afternoon.
Spann’s colleague, ABC 33/40 meteorologist Taylor Sarallo, then took over the broadcast when Alabama’s preeminent meteorologist heard the grim news.
“The reason I had to step out, we had major damage at my house,” Spann said when he returned to the ABC 33/40 broadcast. “My wife is OK, but the tornado came right through there and it’s not good, it’s bad. It’s bad.”
After sharing the news with viewers, Spann put his personal problems aside to warn residents of the tornadoes path.
Later in the broadcast. the meteorologist shared a picture of the damage to his backyard:
“I’ll shoot straight with you guys, that’s my backyard,” he said. “It’s been a rough day. Very rough day.”
During the broadcast Thursday night, Spann said he was “honored” that well-wishers shared their concerns but said his house was “intact.” He urged viewers to help those who lost their homes or lost family members in the tornadoes.
“My wife got the warning, she had a plan, she was in the shelter and she’s fine,” he said. “Obviously our landscaping is going to be a lot different now. We lost a lot of trees. We’ve had obviously some shingle damage, but the house is intact, it’s OK. My ask is that you consider helping those that are homeless tonight, that have lost their homes. those that have relatives who lost their lives, that are in the hospital tonight.”
The moment Spann finds out his home is hit could be seen here around the two-hour, six-minute mark: