TV weatherman ‘exaggerated Hurricane Florence winds’ as he battles to stand up
Now, journalism has a bit of a reputation for hyperbole, especially when it comes to TV reports about the weather.
But one American weatherman has been accused of massively exaggerating the high winds of Hurriance Florence as it batters America.
Despite Florence being downgraded to a tropical storm, it has continued to pound away at the coast with torrential downpours, surging sears and howling winds.
At least five people have died and forecasters have warned of life-threatening flooding as huge downpours dump as much as three feet of water in North and South Carolina.
But as The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel was filming a piece to camera to highlight the torrential conditions of Florence, a few sharp-eyed viewers noticed something strangely odd about the piece.
As he’s filming he can be seen appearing to brace himself as he struggles to stand, being buffeted by the high winds and battling to stay upright.
‘We’re in one of these bands,’ he tells the camera. ‘This is about as nasty as it’s been.’
But as he tells audiences of the high winds and rain, two pedestrians calmly walk into shot behind him, as though nothing was wrong and seemingly unaffected by the weather.
The Weather Channel maintains the two people in the background were walking on concrete while Mr Seidel was trying to get his grip on wet grass, hence his apparent diffulty at standing upright.
The 350-mile storm continued to pound away at the coast with torrential downpours, surging sears and howling wind.
Rescue crews used boats to reach more than 360 people besieged by rising waters in New Bern as Florence knocked down trees, flooded rivers and dumped sheets of rain.
A mother and baby were killed when a tree fell on their home in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the child’s injured father was taken to hospital.
In Pender County, a woman died of a heart attack as paramedics trying to reach her were blocked by debris.
In Lenoir County, a 78-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to connect extension cords while another man died when he was blown down by high winds while checking on his hunting dogs, a county spokesman said.
In New Bern, North Carolina, the storm surge overwhelmed the town of 30,000 and the downtown was under water by Friday afternoon. Dozens of people were rescued from a collapsed motel.