With Hurricane Florence pummeling the Eastern Seaboard, reporters are shooting outdoors in storm-drenched areas to show viewers at home just how serious the storm is.
As a result, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel is making a big splash ― but probably not in the way he’d like.
A video of a live segment of him in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows him bracing his feet on where he’s standing, presumably so he won’t be blown over during his segment.
There was just one problem: While Seidel looked as if he needed to guard against the wind and the rain, two people walked behind him as though nothing was wrong and ruined the appearance of dire conditions.
— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018
Many Twitter users suspected the shot was just a teensy bit fabricated.
Weather Channel Meme:?Exaggeration – To magnify beyond the limits of truth2 Errors:?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
I like the Weather Channel. But look at this guy acting like the wind is about to blow him over as he rocks back and forth. Meanwhile, I guess he missed the guys walking behind him casually talking on their phones. OOPS!!I mean it's windy sure BUT………..#WalkAway pic.twitter.com/OPlio7VEWx
— ??John #KAG????? (@JohnCooper0610) September 14, 2018
The video reminded people of other times weather people tried to cloud the truth with dramatic license.
— NotDarrenRovell (@NotDRovell) September 14, 2018
— Lard of Dorkness (@LardFDorkness) September 14, 2018
Some wondered where the weatherman got his training.
Maybe this reporter was previoulsy a professional soccer player pic.twitter.com/4a973u6hqZ
— John DeStefano (@jd9teen) September 14, 2018
HuffPost reached out to the Weather Channel, which supplied this 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.”