Twitter Roasts Weather Channel Reporter for Faking Hurricane Wind Intensity

Reporter struggles to stand as two guys casually stroll behind him

A day after the Weather Channel was praised for its outstanding green screen graphics depicting Hurricane Florence’s 10-foot storm surge, a reporter for the network is facing allegations he exaggerated wind speeds out in the field.

In the report shot in South Carolina Friday, a journalist is seen rocking back and forth fighting to stand in the face of 75-mile per hour winds.

Twitter users, however, keenly observed the journalist appeared to be exaggerating the intensity of the wind speeds as two men casually strolled into the shot behind him apparently impervious to Florence’s devastating winds.

Does “CNN own the Weather Channel?” asked one user, accusing the network of airing “fake news.”

And the hits kept rolling in:

Others compared it to the time a Today Show reporter used a canoe to illustrate high flood waters, only to have two men stroll into the frame with water up to their ankles.

In a comment to BuzzFeed, a Weather Channel spokesperson defended their reporter, Mike Seidel, claiming he was tired and struggling because he wasn’t standing on concrete like the men walking behind him.

“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,” the network told BuzzFeed.