Former WCMH Anchor Returns for Storm Duty

By Mark Joyella 

Larry Roberts, a former anchor at Columbus, Ohio, NBC affiliate WCMH, found himself back in the middle of a big story Saturday, as violent storms tore through Texas, where Roberts and his wife now live. “When you’re looking at it through a camera lens at somebody else’s house, it’s a little different, but when it comes this close to your home, you’re thankful to be alive,” Roberts said.

Roberts, who anchored at WCMH in the 1980s and early 2000s, told his old station that he and his wife had to evacuate their home when tornadoes were spotted in the area:

“Last night, around 7, we got the warning,” Roberts said. “We saw on TV that it was coming directly toward our house. I decided first to get in the cupboard with my wife, two birds, three dogs and two cats. I decided later it’d be a good idea to get out of there, so we got in the pickup truck, drove the opposite direction and as I looked over my shoulder, I saw a wedge tornado that looked like it was about a half mile wide.”