It’s important to note that Hurricane Florance, which is currently wreaking havoc on the South East coastline, is no laughing matter. By Saturday night, the hurricane is now responsible for at least 7 deaths, 5 confirmed to have been caused by the hurricane.
That said, why would any news outlet need to sensationalize the destructive force of a hurricane? That’s exactly what The Weather Channel was reportedly busted doing.
A reporter with the media giant was struggling to keep his footing in the ‘wind’ allegedly from the hurricane. “This is about as nasty as it’s been,” Seidel says during his report, as he appears to sway and grapple against the weather.
When the most embarrassing thing happened, two men casually stroll by in the background, without so much as a stumble against that same wind.
Even funnier about the dramatically staged scene is the fact that Siedel was leaning with the wind and not into the wind, which is precisely the opposite of what you do in order to maintain balance. The Weather Channel responded to criticism saying that exhaustion and slippery conditions made it difficult for their reporter to stand, according to Town Hall.
In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter, The Weather Channel said, “It’s important to note that 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 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted.”
Whatever the actual reason for the dramatic footage, the people of the internet didn’t waste time making light work of the reporter. Once just one person noticed the two men walking in the background, the internet took hold. The clip has become a meme and others have made their own mock videos:
Police in Wilmington confirmed the mother, Lesha Murphy-Johnson, and baby Adam died, with the tot’s father rescued and rushed to the hospital.
Authorities also confirmed a 78-year-old man’s body was found outside by family after being electrocuted while trying to connect extension cords in the rain.
Cops say a woman in Pender County, North Carolina, died after suffering a heart attack but paramedics were unable to reach her due to blocked roads.
A 77-year-old man has also died after apparently being knocked down by the wind when he went out to check on his hunting dogs.
So, the winds the reporter was allegedly trying to portray are out there- just not where he was at the time, I guess? Maybe the reporter really was too tired to stand in the wet grass? Let us know what you think in the comments below.