Hurricane Florence has created a havoc on the Carolinas and weathermen are heading as close as they can to the eye of the storm without putting themselves in danger. Reporters are shooting outdoors in storm-drenched areas to show viewers at home just how serious the storm is. But one such reporter was bracing the storm a little too intensely. Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel is currently going viral but not the way he would have liked it. The video was posted on Twitter and since then the Twitterati can’t keep calm. Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall Near Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina, US; Power Supply Cut In Many Areas.
In the video, during a live segment of Mike in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows him bracing the raging winds from Hurricane Florence threatened to knock him down. The scene looked harrowing until two men strolled by casually in the background as though nothing was wrong. Twitter user @gourdnibler and others shared the clip which features Mike Seidel from the Weather Channel as the dramatic meteorologist in question. Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall in North Carolina, US: Here Are 8 Pictures That Show Effect of The Natural Calamity.
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— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
Many Twitter users started sharing the video and suspected that the shot was just a bit exaggerated.
Weather Channel Meme:
💨Exaggeration - To magnify beyond the limits of truth
💨Lean Into The Wind - To stand in a high wind, you need to lean into the wind, that is, opposite the direction that the wind is blowing
💨Dont let 2 people stroll effortlessly past you 🤣 pic.twitter.com/2lANUJx9TV
— Laurel Coons 🌀🔬 (@LaurelCoons) September 14, 2018
I like the Weather Channel. But look at this guy acting like the wind is about to blow him over as he rocks back and forth. Meanwhile, I guess he missed the guys walking behind him casually talking on their phones. OOPS!!
— 🇺🇸John #KAG🇺🇸🚂👊🐸 (@JohnCooper0610) September 14, 2018
After the video went viral on Twitter, Weather Channel issued a following statement to BuzzFeed: “It’s important to note than the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 am this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted.” Mashable aptly notes that the real danger of the hurricane lies in the potential rainfall rather than the wind force. But this is not the first time a weather reporter has exaggerated news, there have been several in the past.