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Weather Channel Reporter Gets Slammed by Flying Tree Branch During Intense Hurricane Ian Live Shot

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A Weather Channel reporter was hit by a tree branch last week while filming a live shot of Hurricane Ian as it slammed ashore in Florida.

The storm hurtled ashore Sept. 28, with Weather Channel reporter Jim Cantore in the thick of it.

“Jim Cantore literally hit by a flying tree branch during a live report. Please get this man off the street,” journalist Scott Gustin tweeted.

A video posted on the Weather Channel indicated Cantore’s difficulties did not end there.

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“The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore is having a rough time in the winds of Hurricane in Punta Gorda, Florida,” the video was captioned.

The video shows Cantore battling the wind, which obscures some of what he was saying.

After his right leg became entangled with the branch skidding along the street, he appeared to have come to a realization that discretion was the better part of valor.

“All right, you know what? I think I’m just going to come in here for a second,” he said.

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But taking shelter was easier said than done. Cantore clutched a street sign.

“Just give me a second,” he said.

“Jim, are you all right?” a crew member asked.

“I’m all right. I’m fine. I’m fine. You just can’t stand up,” Cantore said.

“I’m gonna let you guys look at the pictures, OK?” he said as the video came to an end, indicating he would continue from a place where he could find shelter.

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A Twitter video posted by The Weather Channel showed a wind- and rain-whipped reporter identified as Mike Seidel reporting from what appeared to be the balcony of a building.

“We have come up here for safety from the surge,” he said.

“Look at the wind howling through here, and where we were earlier, it looks like there’s three or four feet of water. Waves crashing over the area from this morning.”

“Everything that’s not up 20 feet is under water right now,” he said.

“This is one of the worst hurricanes I have ever been in. It may be the worst in terms of covering over 25 years and 90 storms.”

“It looks like a North Atlantic Ocean storm here in Fort Myers,” he said.

“The ocean, the river and the gulf has taken over everything.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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