Hurricane Florence has taken several lives and left almost a million people without power. It’s tragic and dramatic on its own, but while reporting from Wilmington, North Carolina during the hurricane, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel decided to bring more drama. He appeared to be bravely reporting while being buffeted by torrential rain and winds gusting at a hundred-something MPH that wanted to blow him away to Munchkin Land! Unfortunately, it looks like Mike is somewhat of a meteorological drama queen. While Mike was acting like he was Helen Hunt in Twister, two dudes calmly walked by behind him, seemingly untroubled by the inclement weather. It sort of diluted the moment.
HuffPost reports that, when approached for comment, the Weather Channel defended their reporter because that grass was goddamn slippery! And Mike was tired! And those two rubes obviously don’t understand about dramatic license and how easy it is to ruin a future Peabody Award-winning story!
“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.”
A helpful PHD on Twitter also took the time to explain to us laypeople that, if you’re really gunning for that “Anderson Cooper during Hurrican Katrina” crown, you want to remember which way the wind is blowing.
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