Amory, Mississippi, Residents Credit Praying Meteorologist With Saving Their Lives

Citizens of Amory, Mississippi, are claiming WTVA-TV Chief Meteorologist Matt Laubhan saved their lives after Laubhan prayed on television. “So, Amory, we need to be in our tornado-safe place. We’ve got new scan coming in here as we speak,” Laubhan said while on-air, observing the tornado forecast. “Oh man, like, north side of Amory, this is coming in. Oh man. Laubhan then prayed in the middle of the report, saying, “Dear Jesus, please help them. Amen.” One person commenting on Laubhan’s prayer wrote on YouTube, “This was the last thing my family heard from the storm shelter right beside the TV, then our power shut out.”

From Faith Wire:

Leah Ann Hubbard told The Independent she’s used to tornado weather in Mississippi but that Laubhan’s report dismantled the typically “unfazed” feeling many have during these storms.

His tone and tenor told Hubbard and others something was different from the norm.

“He saved lives, for sure,” Hubbard told the outlet. “We knew it was coming, but you didn’t know if it was going to touch down. All of a sudden, Matt says, ‘This is a potentially deadly tornado.’ I just remember him saying ‘deadly’ over and over.'”

The intensity of Laubhan’s words of warning led her to hunker down. She said the damage to the town, which she later surveyed, looked “like an apocalypse.”