NEW YORK — It’s a paradox of hurricane protection: Individuals on tv spend days warning the general public to get out of hurt’s means, then station their correspondents squarely in the midst of howling wind and rain and hope they don’t get harm.
That was the case all through Sunday’s gripping protection of Hurricane Irma’s assault on Florida. Journalists have been the shock troops permitting the nation to expertise the storm from the consolation of their dwelling rooms. Networks all introduced their prime groups in on the weekend for particular protection, non-cease on the information channels.
However when an enormous tree limb crashed to the bottom behind NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez, forcing him to scurry away throughout a reside shot, it illustrated the hazard many journalists confronted. Community executives have been one flying projectile away from a tragedy that may have them dealing with troublesome questions on whether or not they have been putting a quest for thrilling TV and scores above widespread sense and public security.
A number of journalists stationed outdoors sought the relative safety of constructing balconies that blocked a number of the wind or, like NBC’s Kerry Sanders, a concrete parking storage. However many felt they couldn’t really convey the storm’s energy with out displaying themselves getting buffeted by the weather.
The rain “does appear to be it’s getting shot by way of a fireplace hose at you,” stated CNN’s Chris Cuomo, assigned to Naples, Florida, as the extreme eye wall handed over him.
NBC’s Miguel Almaguer had a yellow tow line, one finish wrapped round his waist and the opposite round a concrete pillar, to regular him as he did a stay shot. ABC’s Gio Benitez additionally employed a rope as he stood on a balcony. CNN’s Kyung Lah gripped a metallic railing.
Different correspondents often struggled to maintain their footing. “I’m simply taking a knee for a second,” stated Sanders stated when the wind obtained too intense. NBC’s Jo Ling Kent appeared fearless strolling round Miami Seashore. CBS’ Elaine Quijano spied some particles blowing her method; fortuitously it proved solely to be some palm fronds.
The wind blew The Climate Channel’s Mike Bettes 4 or 5 steps as he stood outdoors in Naples. However for a nerdy meteorologist, there was a payoff when he noticed a glimpse of the solar because the hurricane’s eye handed over him.
“After getting crushed and bruised and battered, there’s the attention,” he stated. “That’s good.”
Bettes’ Climate Channel colleague Mike Seidel, stationed in Miami, appeared…