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Social Media Say Weatherman Deserves An Oscar For This, But His Station Backs Him Up

When Hurricane Florence was bearing down on North Carolina on Friday afternoon, a reporter live on the scene seemed to be bravely fighting the powerful winds.

For a moment he looked like he would blow away, but then a couple of guys just strolled by in the background with no trouble at all. Social media has been mocking the weatherman ever since, but the Weather Channel insists he was not exaggerating.

Mike Seidel was in Wilmington, N.C when he gave a weather report claiming that the wind was threatening to blow him over. Seidel stood with his feet planted on the ground, being pushed on a slant, rocking back and forth, seemingly trying to stay put for the report as the raging storm approached.

“We’re in one of these (rain) bands. This is about as nasty as it’s been, we had some bands like this last night, and then the eyewall this morning ...” Seidel was saying.

What Seidel didn't know, and what the cameraman apparently failed to notice, were the two guys across the strip walking casually down the street. They didn't struggle or strain in the wind at all. They just walked by, their clothes and hair being ruffled in the breeze.

A Twitter user filmed the scene as it played out on television. He posted the clip, writing, "So dramatic! Dude from the weather channel bracing for his life, as 2 dudes just stroll past."

"Don't let the truth stand in the way of a good story," responded one person.

"Stupidly harmless, I guess, until you think about it. They are purposely trying to deceive their viewers into thinking the storm is worse than it is. Pretty disrespectful stuff from the Weather Channel," said another person.

"the strom is real but they are over playing it and that is what is bad. What about the next storm that comes and they start saying the same things, people will not believe them, maybe that next storm will be a CAT 3 not a CAT 1. Then even more people may get hurt," another person noted.

The Weather Channel has defended the report with 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 1:00am ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” read the statement.

Others pointed out that it's the rain and flooding, not the wind, that was the real threat with Florence. They claim the reporter should have focused more on that.

Seidel hasn’t been the only weather reporter exaggerating for ratings—or at least, he’s not the only one accused of it.

People remember one reporter from eyewitness news who sat in a small life bot with New Jersey residents in a 'flooded' area. As she gave her report, a man walked past the boats in the background, the water being about ankle-deep on him.

Seidel started posting storm updates on Twitter, ignoring the mockery and the backlash that he was getting from people on social media. No matter what he posted, though, people just wouldn't stop buzzing about his performance in the wind.

Source: The Daily Dot
Photos: YouTube

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