Meteorologist Al Roker is absolutely committed to his job, even when it requires him to withstand Hurricane Ida winds and lashing waves.
But several people on social media voiced their concerns that the 67-year-old put himself at risk to cover the hurricane crawling up the Gulf Coast. When Roker heard about his fans’ worries, he let them know real quick that he’s a seasoned pro.
On both Instagram and Twitter, the TODAY show weatherman posted a video of himself pulling off his galoshes. Water streamed out of the knee-high boots and down the drain of his bathtub. In his caption, Roker scolded fans for underestimating him and his commitment to covering Hurricane Ida.
“For all those who were worried about me out on #lakepontchartrain a) I volunteered to do this. Part of the job. b) My crew and I were safe and we are back at our hotel and c) for those who think I’m too old to be doing this, try and keep up,” Roker wrote.
Age is just a number, right? For Roker, the more important number is the 40 years he’s been on the job and covering hurricanes like Ida. If Roker wants to be on the ground, then gosh darn it, he’ll be on the ground and in the thick of the storm.
But that doesn’t mean people are done sending him messages of support. On his Instagram video, Roker’s wife Deborah Roberts commented on the post with words of encouragement.
“So happy You’re safe. And sweetie you’re the bomb. And we all know it!” Roberts, an ABC journalist, wrote.
Several other stars chimed in with similar messages, not blaming Roker for going out in the storm but praising him.
First Death Confirmed in Lousiana as a Result of Hurricane Ida
Local Louisiana news station WAFB reported that one man already perished in the Category 4 Hurricane Ida. The 60-year-old was struck by a falling tree in a residence in Prairieville, Lousiana. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the death to the outlet and pronounced the man dead at the scene.
A fallen tree also struck a mobile home and trapped a woman inside. Firefighters managed to get the woman out of her home and take her to the hospital. But WAFB reported no updates on her condition at the time.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the first death due to Hurricane Ida via Twitter. He wrote, “Tragically, we have our first death of Hurricane Ida…Please shelter in place and stay safe. We will begin damage assessments and search and rescue missions as soon as it is safe.”
Later, the governor revealed that search and rescue teams could not be deployed until first light on Monday morning.