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See above a screenshot from Sawyer's Jan. 23 report on the tornadoes. (Credit: TV Spy, screenshot)

Diane Sawyer’s World News program plans to clarify its Jan. 23 report on an Alabama tornado after complaints from a Birmingham meteorologist, according to Media Bistro’s TV Spy.

Meteorologist James Spann of Birmingham news station WBMA blogged critically of World News’ coverage of the tornadoes because Sawyer said they “took the South by surprise last night, no warning.”  However, Spann argued in a Jan. 24 blogpost titled “Diane Sawyer gets it Wrong” that:

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“This event was forecast days in advance, and the average lead times for the entire event were 20 to 30 minutes. That is plenty of time to get to a safe place.”

See the video from Sawyer’s segment on TV Spy here.

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Diane Sawyer to Clarify after Alabama Tornado Report Criticized by Local Meteorologist

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