As anyone who's ever lived in a tornado-prone area will attest, having a televised event of some stature interrupted by a weather-inspired news break is not exactly uncommon. This reality, understandably, can often leave unaffected viewers in the region feeling vaguely annoyed or even outright pissed. Still, when there's possible tornado destruction in action, interrupting a broadcast is the quickest and most effective way to get the message out, particularly to those with a generational aversion to Twitter.
That's probably why AMS-certified meteorologist Jamie Simpson of Dayton, Ohio let his disgust for Bachelorette viewers' demands be publicly known during a recent Fox 45 update. At the time of the broadcast, per The Weather Channel, the area was facing multiple tornado warnings and a tornado watch. A bulk of comments on the Fox 45 Facebook page came from peeved Bachelorette viewers, whose opinions should have absolutely no bearings on weather-related warning decisions.
"I was just checking social media," Simpson told viewers Monday night, as seen in the video up top. "We have viewers complaining already, 'Just go back to the show.' No, we're not going back to the show, folks. This is a dangerous situation, okay? Think about if this was your neighborhood. I'm sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep people safe and that is what we're gonna do. Some people complain that this is all about my ego, stop! Just stop right now. I'm done with you people. I really am. This is pathetic. This is a dangerous situation right here...It just really bothers me that we have people that don't care about other people's safety around here. That's just ridiculous."
Several tornadoes hit areas in Ohio and Indiana Monday night. At the time of this writing, per the latest from the Associated Press, one fatality and dozens of injuries have been confirmed. Heavy damage was specifically reported in Dayton, where interviewed residents described the aftermath as resembling a "war zone."