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Dallas Station: Sorry We Delayed Tornado Warning for Football

'We know that seconds matter'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2019 4:53 AM CDT
Updated Oct 22, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
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The destroyed Home Depot store at 11682 Forest Central Drive is seen in an aerial view of tornado damage on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Dallas.   (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
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(Newser) – A Dallas TV station has apologized for taking six minutes to decide that a tornado warning was worth interrupting coverage of the Cowboys game over. NBC affiliate KXAS issued a statement admitting that although its meteorologists were tracking thunderstorms Sunday night, they delayed breaking into programming when a tornado warning was issued for Dallas County, USA Today reports. "When it comes to dealing with severe weather, we know that seconds matter. We should have broken into football programming sooner," the station said. "We apologize and want you to know that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure this does not happen again."

"We look forward to regaining the trust of anyone we may have disappointed," the station said. Other stations had gone "wall-to-wall" with weather coverage Sunday night while KXAS stuck with the Cowboys' game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which Dallas won 37-10, the AP notes. Nobody was killed or seriously hurt after a tornado touched down in Dallas on Sunday night, though homes, businesses, and other buildings were wrecked. Authorities say early warnings helped, as did the fact that it was Sunday night and few people were on the streets. "We were very fortunate that the tornado did not hit the Dallas Cowboys' stadium or the State Fair, where you would have had a lot of people that were exposed." says Patrick Marsh at the NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. (Read more tornado stories.)

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