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Father in Kuwait uses WMCTV.com to keep family safe during storm

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Sandra and Elizabeth Pritt, Paul's wife and daughter. Sandra and Elizabeth Pritt, Paul's wife and daughter.
Paul Pritt talks to his family from Kuwait though an instant messaging program. Paul Pritt talks to his family from Kuwait though an instant messaging program.

LAKELAND, TN (WMC-TV) - Lakeland resident Paul Pritt wasn't in town when Tuesday night's storms struck the Mid-South, but that didn't mean he wasn't worried.

Pritt, a member of the National Guard currently stationed in Kuwait, knew severe storms were likely to strike the Memphis area after reading a weather forecast on WMCTV.com.

Tuesday night, Pritt tracked the storm's progress on-line by watching live streaming video of Dave Brown and the Action News 5 Weather Team's severe weather coverage.

Meanwhile, Sandra and Elizabeth Pritt, Paul's wife and daughter, were keeping tabs on the storms by watching Dave Brown on WMC-TV 5.  That was, however, until their power went out.

In the dark, knowing the storms could be close, the couple headed to the closet.  Elizabeth took along a laptop computer.

"She got in the closet with her laptop and started talking to her daddy," Sandra Pritt said.

Using an instant messaging program, Elizabeth was able to communicate with Paul across the 8,000 mile distance that separated them.  By watching WMCTV.com's coverage, Paul was able to give his family a moment-by-moment account of the storm's progress.

"I'm 8,000 miles away watching Dave Brown do the weather and talking to my daughter all at once," Paul Pritt said via webcam Thursday. "(It was) Kind of an incredible moment."

Pritt said modern technology often allows him to be with his family without actually being in their physical presence.

"Elizabeth is very much a daddy's girl," Sandra Pitt said. "It's hard when your daughter goes to bed at night crying because she misses her daddy."

Tuesday, Paul Pritt's written words kept his family safe and his daughter calm.

Pritt is scheduled to return home in April.


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