Thursday, January 24, 2008

Toto, I don't think we're in... Los Angeles?

The following is based on a true story. Everything you read happened exactly that way.

During "Ugly Betty" earlier tonight, ABC7 in Los Angeles displayed a weather alert that there was a tornado warning until 9:45pm.

Below this alert was the following crawler:

"A tornado warning has been issued for the following counties: Los Angeles County until 9:45pm. At 8:36pm National Weather Service Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm with rotation capable of producing a tornado. The cell was located 5 miles south of Malibu moving North Northeast at 25mph. It should affect Malibu and Pacific Palisades before 9:00pm. If in mobile homes or vehicles evacuate them and get inside a substantial shelter. If no shelter is available lie flat in the nearest ditch or other low spot and cover your head with your hands. Stay tuned to ABC7 for the latest weather information from eyewitness news."

So where to start? That there's a tornado watch in LA? That's just weird. But not funny. Except maybe in an Inconvenient Truth, eerie "uh oh, now we've done it" kind of way. And what about the news that the cell was located south of Malibu? The "cell"? What does that even mean? Tornadoes are the latest terrorist tactic? Quick, call CTU! Don't worry, Jack Bauer is on the case!

And if Jack doesn't save you, well then, "Get in the nearest ditch and cover your head with your hands"? Now that's funny. Especially when the next instruction is "Stay tuned to ABC7." Stay tuned? In the ditch? With what, the tin foil cap I'm wearing for protection?

Oh, and by the way, ABC, how many viewers do you think you have watching in their vehicles?

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