A TV station in Mississippi had to be evacuated on the air as a tornado hit town Monday.

The tense seconds leading up to the evacuation of WTVA in Tupelo were broadcast live to viewers that afternoon.

Chief Meteorologist Matt Laubhan was giving a report on Monday's severe weather when he switched to the station's tower cam, which showed an ominous dark cloud approaching the city.

He immediately ordered staff members to the basement and followed them shortly after as the cameras cut out.

According to WTVA's Facebook page, all staff members made it to the basement and are safe.

Monday's string of tornadoes caused massive damage in Tupelo and other areas of the South, killing at least eight people in Mississippi and more elsewhere.

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