Meteorologist Doug Kammerer stops the report to call children on the air to warn them of an approaching tornado

A METEOROLOGIST interrupted his live broadcast to warn his children of an approaching tornado during Thursday’s broadcast.

Doug Kammerer was recorded on the phone with his kids saying, “I have to warn my kids because they’re probably playing online and they’re not seeing this.”

Meteorologist Doug Kammerer paused his live weather report to call his kids to warn them of an approaching tornado

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Meteorologist Doug Kammerer paused his live weather report to call his kids to warn them of an approaching tornadoPhoto credit: NBC
Kammerer said he knew they didn't see the news

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Kammerer said he knew they didn’t see the newsPhoto credit: NBC

NBC Washington’s chief weather forecaster was on the air last night making a weather report as the National Weather Service issued tornado warnings.

Kammerer held his cellphone tight as he realized the tornado would fly “right over my house.”

While standing in front of the weather map, he called home to warn his children.

“Get downstairs asap, okay?” Kammerer told his son while he was on the air.

Someone tweeted video of the moment, and Kammerer responded on Twitter, saying: “Yes I had to warn my family! Kids were home alone and I knew they didn’t see me on TV!”

“You are safe. But a scary moment for me, I freaked out a bit inside.”

Twitter users commented on the posts and rated the call as an impressive moment for Kammerer.

“Doug, you’re the best in our area!” A user commented.

“Thank you for your hard work. I’m glad your family was safe.”

Others hailed him as “such a good father” and praised his concern, saying family will always be a top priority.

“There’s nothing wrong with warning your children about danger,” one person said.

“Nice job Dad taking care of our families and yours too.”

“We need to normalize this behavior! Family comes first like you said, the kids don’t watch the news. I hope other parents on the channel called their kids too,” added another user.

James Morrow, a meteorologist working for the National Weather Service, narrated NPR that Kammerer made a sensible decision to inform his children.

“It’s not easy for stations to decide to intervene, and it’s not easy for meteorologists to ask permission,” Morrow said.

“But as a consumer of their fodder, and as a scientist who understands powerful tornadic storms like this one, it was heartening to see this type of coverage of what could have turned into a very serious situation.”

Doug Kammerer is pictured above with his children

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Doug Kammerer is pictured above with his childrenCredit: Facebook

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