Every time there is a hurricane or tornado the same thing happens, and Hurricane Irma was no exception. Media outlets deploy to the region in masses and, as if we would not believe them, place correspondents outside in the elements. When there is nothing happening these reporters can fill hours with background and warnings, but once the storm hits they essentially become human weather vanes. They are buffeted about by wind and rain, knocked over by gusts and often dodge projectiles such as street signs or windows. They stand there shouting, often inaudibly, while trying to stay upright.
Will it take a serious injury or death to put an end to this silliness? Lots of weather maps with meteorologists’ explanations and images of the storm are what gets the message across. No need to have a soaking wet Chris Cuomo or Anderson Cooper or Rosa Flores to convince me that there is bad weather.
My sympathies to those who braved the conditions, but I do not think there is fake weather!