Reporter "Bracing For His Life" Against Hurricane Florence Goes Viral
Viral footage of a U.S. reporter being 'swept away' by Hurricane Florence has been criticised as fake.
Footage of a U.S. reporter “bracing for his life” against barrelling winds in a live piece to camera has been mocked worldwide.
The video, which shows the Weather Channel's Mike Seidel appearing to be almost swept away by gusty winds from Hurricane Florence as two people walk casually by behind him, has received global attention for his ‘Oscar-worthy’ performance.
Seidel, who was shooting a live segment in Wilmington, North Carolina on Friday, is seen rocking back and forth and tipping sideways as winds barrel against him as he says the hurricane "is about as nasty as it has been.”
The 61-year-old, who has been reporting for the Weather Channel for 25 years, is seen “bracing for his life” digging his feet deep into the grass to prevent himself from blowing away.
Some online have called his reportage 'dramatic' and 'laughable'.
"He moves in ways that don’t look like wind is pushing him at all,” one person said on Twitter.
Another claimed he was “leaning not into the wind, but with the wind.”
But CNN quickly rushed to the defense of Seidel, who has been the Weather Channel's meteorologist and field reporter for more than two decades, saying ‘exhaustion’ and the surface he was standing on were responsible for his stance.
“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 am,” a statement to the Huffington Post said.
Others also rushed to Seidel’s defence, with @ericfisher, saying that he’ll “give him a pass even though it looks silly" and @weathergeek312, saying he would have been doing live shots for hours that day.