Meteorologist Chris Bruin was determined to avoid the storm that rolled through the city on Tuesday as he cycled along the Chattahoochee Riverwalk.
He walked three miles before lightning caught up with him and he decided to reunite with his producer and cameraman to continue The Weather Channel’s live broadcast.
“We have a severe weather double,” he said.
Sent from Atlanta, the team covers severe weather in Columbus, a “high risk” area for severe storms with damaging winds and potential tornadoes. Bruin said the threat has largely passed, but throughout the afternoon they will monitor surrounding areas.
Between shows, the trio huddled in a parking lot across from Riverwalk to stay dry, sipping coffee from Iron Bank Coffee Company.
Bruin said he also expects heavy storms tomorrow, but the Chattahoochee Valley will cool down later this week. The Weather Channel continues to monitor central and southern Georgia for tornadoes and severe weather.
The tornado threat will decrease tomorrow, not to zero, and hail is a concern as temperatures drop, Bruin said.
“All it takes is one tornado in a community, and it’s just devastating,” Bruin said. “Extensive tornado warnings are expected in Georgia this afternoon and evening.”