10:02 GMT13 August 2020
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    The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel’s live coverage of Hurricane Florence from Wilmington, North Carolina, has become an instant hit on social media.

    Mike Seidel, a well-known American meteorologist, whose career is marked by field reporting from hurricanes and severe snowstorms, was doing a routine live report on Hurricane Florence.

    READ MORE: Weathermen Continue Their Report During Evacuation Caused by Hurricane Florence

    As he was filmed apparently struggling to maintain his footing in the wind, the video, which has since gone viral, happened to include two passersby nonchalantly strolling around, seemingly without any strain or trouble, in the background of his live coverage.

    The clip was roundly blasted on social media platforms as a vivid example of media outlets sensationalizing or exaggerating the dangerous conditions of the hurricane.

    Some even shot parodies of the original video:

    In a bid to defend the meteorologist, the Weather Channel issued a statement:

    “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,” it read.

    This is not the only time that weather reporters have demonstrated a flare for the dramatic; for instance, meteorologist Lucy Chang embraced some elements while covering the flood in Bound Brook, New Jersey, in 2010:

    The hurricane hit the US on Saturday, killing 5 people in North and South Carolina. According to official data, over 27,000 people in the two US states remain in temporary shelters, while over 2,100 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm.

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