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"Lives are more important than 5 minutes of golf," CBS46’s Ella Dorsey wrote on Twitter responding to death threats

April 16, 2019 11:36 AM

Some took their annoyance at a brief interruption while watching Tiger Woods make history on Sunday to the extreme, even threatening a local meteorologist.

CBS46’s meteorologist, Ella Dorsey, says she received death threats for cutting in on The Masters Tournament coverage to update Georgia constituents about a tornado in the area.

“To everyone sending me death threats right now: you wouldn’t be saying a damn thing if a tornado was ravaging your home this afternoon,” Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

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“Lives are more important than 5 minutes of golf. I will continue to repeat that if and when we cut into programming to keep people safe.”

It seems like the viewer complaints were enough to get the channel to air a split screen when tornado updates came through.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the channel continued to show coverage of the Masters Tournament side-by-side with coverage of the violent storms. The outlet reported that the CBS commentary was muted.

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CBS46’s news director, Steve Doerr told the AJC that the response from viewers was “vicious” and “crossed the line.”

“The venom around this was insane,” Doerr told the AJC. “Even by social media standards.”

CBS46 did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Doerr said he had to answer phone calls throughout the coverage, listening to viewers complain and threaten the channel.

The series of devastating tornados tore through the South over the weekend, killing at least seven people, including three children.

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