By Kyle James   |  09-15-2018   News
Photo credit: @gourdnibler | Twitter

As Hurricane Florence ascends on North Carolina, one weather reporter has become the laughing stock of the internet during a time when humor is welcomed. The local reporter has been getting slammed online for exaggerating how strong the winds were during a live TV report. He stood bracing himself in the winds with his legs far apart and appeared to be fighting just to stand up. Meanwhile, the foreground of the shot shows two people casually strolling behind the reporter as if unphased by the seemingly dangerous winds.

The video has spread online like wildfire and the reporter has faced some scorn from some while others commended him for the much needed comedic relief. The hurricane has already claimed its first victims as it barreled into North Carolina near Wrightsville Beach. Already, hundreds of people have become trapped by flood waters as entire communities lay in wait for the storm to pass. Weather forecasters fear that this could be just the opening act.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So dramatic! Dude from the weather channel bracing for his life, as 2 dudes just stroll past. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HurricaneFlorence?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricaneFlorence</a> <a href="https://t.co/8FRyM4NLbL">pic.twitter.com/8FRyM4NLbL</a></p>&mdash; Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) <a href="https://twitter.com/gourdnibler/status/1040678572262916096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another one! She tries to portray water 6 feet deep until a brace of dudes stroll through with a 12 pack of PBR. Love it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fakenews?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fakenews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fakeweather?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fakeweather</a></p>&mdash; Buffalo Hump (@BuffaloHump56) <a href="https://twitter.com/BuffaloHump56/status/1040755248304939008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Another reporter was caught exaggerating the depth of flood waters from inside a canoe. Similarly to the response of the reporter who acted as if winds were so strong he could barely stand, reactions to the woman portraying herself in 6 feet of water have been comical as well. One Twitter user said, "Another one! She tries to portray water 6 feet deep until a brace of dudes stroll through with a 12 pack of PBR. Love it! #fakenews #fakeweather"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Florence?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Florence</a> in Wilmington. A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to NHRMC with injuries. <a href="https://t.co/FC5PAhuxig">https://t.co/FC5PAhuxig</a></p>&mdash; Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilmingtonPD/status/1040672299333169152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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All jokes aside, the situation in the east coast is deadly and tragic. So far five people have been killed including a mother and an infant, according to Wilmington Police Department. "WPD can confirm the first two fatalities of Hurricane #Florence in Wilmington. A mother and infant were killed when a tree fell on their house. The father was transported to NHRMC with injuries," the tweet said. Winds of up to 70 mph are expected for the next several days as the weather system slowly grinds across the region.

1.7 million people have been issued evacuation warnings in the area as the life-threatening storm surge continues. Two of the victims were in their 70's and were killed in Lenoir County. One was killed will connecting an electrical generator while the other man was killed in a wind-related accident while checking on his dogs. Videos of flood waters show dolphins are even trying to escape the storm.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A dolphin tries to swim in Florence flooding near Wilmington, North Carolina.<br><br>Via WTSP<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NorthCarolina?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NorthCarolina</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/florence?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#florence</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hurricahe?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hurricahe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TomHall?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TomHall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/spann?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@spann</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JimCantore?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JimCantore</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/500pxrtg?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#500pxrtg</a> <a href="https://t.co/PWSNbgorrW">pic.twitter.com/PWSNbgorrW</a></p>&mdash; Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) <a href="https://twitter.com/buitengebieden/status/1040625614779236354?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hurricane Florence is thrashing the Carolina coast with devastating flooding and hurricane-force winds. One of the hardest hit areas so far is New Bern, North Carolina. <a href="https://t.co/Zc6AE8rKCP">https://t.co/Zc6AE8rKCP</a> <a href="https://t.co/4OL4jGHKNr">pic.twitter.com/4OL4jGHKNr</a></p>&mdash; CBS News (@CBSNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1040583514788442113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WOW! This is the flooding from the Pungo River in Belhaven, NC, which has risen dramatically due to Hurricane <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Florence?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Florence</a>. <a href="https://t.co/ei5ZoaNaSD">pic.twitter.com/ei5ZoaNaSD</a></p>&mdash; David Charns WMTW (@DavidWMTW) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidWMTW/status/1040546042364743680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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U.S. officials are warning that the risks posed by the catastrophic flooding are still extremely dangerous with forecasters saying the storm surge could reach as high as 10 feet in places. Governor Cooper said Hurricane Florence was likely going to "continue its violent grind across the state for days".

Forecasters also say the hurricane is now moving into eastern South Carolina at a mere 3 mph. The slow speeds of the storm mean it will be hanging over the east coast regions for an extended period of time and could dump as much as 18 trillion gallons of rainwater on U.S. soil, according to meteorologist Ryan Maue.

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Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12125743 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45517260

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Anonymous No. 37114 1537004262

To all Weather Men reporting from Ground Zero.

We have been treated to the STORM OF THE CENTURY yet again.

All the hype the last 4-5 days turned out to be a crock of BS.

Please explain to me just what beneficial info your reporting provides to the people of Ground Zero? Seriously what do y'all do that is better than the NOAA, Weather.gov?

What next , some hot babe dressed in a tear-away outfit to demonstrate the winds?

BTW: If you want to cover a real storm, go to Japan and cover their next Typhoon

s.quinlan No. 37104 1537026017
storm of the century! snort! guffaw! Try Hurricane Hazel 1954 killed people in Ontario Canada and torre houses from foundations floated out to Lake Ontario and were frozen in the winter ice. Was a child when I walked out on lake Ontario and saw the roofs of houses frozen in the lake.
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