I glanced at Facebook yesterday and one of my friends had posted "Jim Cantore, Get Out of the Hurricane!!"
There were several times I felt that way over the weekend. We can see the water rising. We can see the trees bending. We can see debris flying.
So is it really necessary to put a person in the middle of all that?
At least this reporter explains that it may look dangerous, but she's actually in a safe place. Kinda.
A couple of gusts during your report? Ok, the case can be made that it adds a little excitement...
The debate rises each time there's a major storm. Is it info or ego that drives these shots?
TV reporters are standing out in the storm as Irma lashes Florida. Is that necessary? They say better them than you. https://t.co/tSm34h794k— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 11, 2017
My god, let the Irma reporters take cover! No one needs to see them struggling to stand to understand how dangerous it is! #HurrcaneIrma— Tricia Cassidy (@TriciaCassidy1) September 10, 2017
And it's not only reporters... storm chasers also feel the need to get out in the middle of things they probably shouldn't.
And it's not safe. Remember the storm chasers who died in a collision with other storm chasers?
WATCH: "It was by far the strongest wind I have ever experienced. We got a wind gust measurement of 117 mph." Storm chaser Juston Drake pic.twitter.com/KL7q9eRhAa— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 10, 2017
I know Dan Rather pioneered this televised hurricane insanity but tv reporters shouldn't linger outside simply to show power of storms— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) September 10, 2017
Actually, Dan Rather is the first to point out some of the reasons that strapping yourself to a tree during a storm is a bad idea. (If you don't like snakes, don't watch this!!)
But he did make a name for himself with the way he covered Carla in the 60s... including superimposing the radar over a map, to show people where the storm was--
In the eye of a hurricane: Dan Rather's 'First Big Break' https://t.co/7Z7LWq0ZI7— N. Ram (@nramind) September 11, 2017