A weather forecaster eventually received death threats after interrupting The Masters on CBS to give tornado warnings.
The unplanned weather forecast came when Tiger Woods was about to make sport history by completing one of the greatest comebacks of all time by winning his fifth green jacket in the tournament.
But for Ella Dorsey, a meteorologist for CBS46 in Atlanta, the safety of her viewers was more important than a game of golf.
Ella Dorsey, a meteorologist at CBS46 in Atlanta, said she had received death threats to interrupt the Masters golf tournament to report tornado warnings
& To everyone who is sending me death threats right now: you wouldn't be a damn thunder if a tornado destroyed your house this afternoon & she tweeted
CBS46 cuts away from the wave to give a weather forecast about possible tornadoes in the area. The screen was split so that the wave could still be viewed, but the comment was broken
Dorsey focused on tornado watches in Georgia, while Tiger Woods was about to make his big comeback at the Masters
& # 39; To everyone who is sending me death threats right now: you wouldn't be a damn thunder if a tornado destroyed your house this afternoon. Life is more important than 5 minutes of golf. I will keep repeating that if and when we cut programming to keep people safe. & # 39; she tweeted.
The death threats were a bit exaggerated because the channel was still able to show the golf match while the screen was split with the weather warnings.
& # 39; We had a split screen. And golf was in a larger box than our cover, & Dorsey confirmed.
Broadcast networks are often programmed in or out in extreme weather conditions and may interrupt previously scheduled programs in the event of extreme weather conditions that could potentially threaten lives.
Viewers complained that the tornado warning could instead be communicated by a scroll at the bottom of the screen or even a text message.
During the eleven o'clock broadcast on Sunday evening, Dorsey, clearly upset, explained the thoughts of the station to interrupt the pinnacle of the historic sporting event.
Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win on the 18th green during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, but some watched the weather …
A number of people were not happy that the tornado warnings interrupted wave coverage
& # 39; Severe storms came through and the final round of the Masters played on our channel. We intervened in that programming when there was a warning for a tornado. This is not a plan that we came across. This is something we had days in advance days in advance, & said Dorsey.
& # 39; We knew that there would be heavy weather, so we decided that if there were tornado warnings, we would use a double box so that we can keep you informed of the current weather and so that those who are the last round of the masters wanted to see could still watch.
& # 39; We were on the road for about 10 to 12 minutes, and during that time the thousands of hate e-mails, phone calls, Facebook messages and tweets that the CBS 46 editorial staff received were unacceptable. At CBS 46, our first priority is to keep you all safe and we will continue to do so in the future, & said the predictor.
& # 39; We mainly want to provide you with the most up-to-date information, so in the future, no matter what is programming, especially if there is a warning for a tornado, you can turn to us and we will program to keep you safe at home to hold. & # 39;
Tiger Woods with his green jacket and the Masters Trophy, which depicts the Augusta National clubhouse
Other viewers were more understanding of the situation in which the weather forecasters found themselves
The Federal Communication Commission expects stations to alert viewers when the weather is suddenly bad, according to the University of Georgia professor of atmospheric science, Marshall Shepherd, who is also a former president of the American Meteorological Society.
& # 39; There are still a significant number of people, the elderly, vulnerable and marginalized populations, who may have no other means to receive a warning & # 39 ;, Shepherd wrote, answering criticism as to why an app- report would be less successful.
Woods eventually won the Masters before the storms rolled in after shooting in Augusta shot a two-under-70 and finished in 13th overall, beating Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele with one blow.
It was his first big win since the 2008 US Open.
Tornado & # 39; s were reported in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, although no one reportedly arrived in Georgia.