KSDK Viewers Lash Out When Weather Coverage Interrupts Belmont Stakes Preshow

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Which is more newsworthy: severe, dangerous weather nearing St. Louis or the final race in a major American sporting event?

KSDK (Channel 5) chose weather Saturday afternoon as storms brought two confirmed tornadoes into the metro area, including one that damaged several businesses in St. Peters and this one that touched down briefly near Red Bud, Illinois:

The station interrupted its pre-race coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the last in a three-race event that starts with the Kentucky Derby, to update viewers on the extreme weather news.

And that's when the thunderstorms launched a shitstorm on Twitter:

And there's more where that comes from.

Plus, you should see what happens on Twitter when KSDK delays Jeopardy! That and more on page two. Supporters were quick to defend KSDK and accuse the horse-race enthusiasts of losing sight of what's really important: The whole thing, really, got a little out of hand.

Anger at KSDK turned out to be for naught. The race aired on time and uninterrupted.

But Twitter's extreme reaction should come as no surprise. If the Belmont Stakes fans seem intense, you should see what happens when KSDK has to delay Jeopardy! due to breaking weather news.

It's not pretty:

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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