Weatherman dramatically braces against Hurricane Florence winds as dudes stroll casually in the background.

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Video shows weatherman exaggerating Hurricane Florence wind force

The wind looks harrowing—until two dudes stroll by in the background.


Kris Seavers

Internet Culture

A video that went viral on Friday showed a weatherman bracing himself as the raging winds from Hurricane Florence threatened to knock him down. The scene looked harrowing—until two dudes strolled by casually in the background.

Twitter user @gourdnibler and others shared the clip, which features Mike Seidel from the Weather Channel as the dramatic meteorologist in question.

Seriously, many agreed, give the guy an Academy Award.

Here’s the YouTube version (complete with multitudes of comments condemning it as “fake news”):

That’s not to say the dangers of Hurricane Florence aren’t serious. The storm brought 90 mph winds and rains that likely won’t let up for days in the Carolinas.

And covering a weather event like a hurricane is seriously tough, too. The Weather Channel made as much clear in a statement to BuzzFeed News addressing the viral video of Seidel.

“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,” the statement said.

But as Mashable aptly notes, the real danger of the hurricane lies in the potential rainfall rather than the wind force, so Seidel can ease off the dramatics. The good news? He’s in great company, as plenty of weatherpeople before him have comically exaggerated the conditions.

H/T Mashable

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