There aren’t many meteorologists as committed to their jobs as Al Roker. Even at 67-years-old and post-prostate cancer surgery, he is still working hard. That was evident by his coverage of Hurricane Ida. After volunteering to go out to the site of the storm, Roker made headlines with his work.
There are always videos of weather reporters and meteorologists standing in the face of 50+ MPH winds and droves of rain. However, after 40 years, Al Roker is still doing it. Like a young man still, he keeps being the epitome of professionalism in his field. Watch him stand in the wind with waves lapping his legs and feet.
Immediately on social media, there were viewers asking why Roker was out in extreme conditions. Many cited his age as a factor and others wondered why he would risk his safety in the storm. However, the legendary weatherman was not having any of it. He took to Twitter to tell viewers that all was fine, just simply doing his job.
Al Roker doesn’t need your judgment! Even at his age, he can report with the best of them. No need to slow down when he can keep doing what he loves to do. It is going to take more than waves and wind to knock Roker off his feet and he proved that he was plenty capable. Like he said in the tweet, “Try and keep up.” That’s the kind of attitude you have when you have been around the block a few times. Pure confidence.
Al Roker: Hurricane Ida ’15-Mile-Wide Tornado’
While out on the ground reporting on Hurrican Ida, Al Roker tried to convey the size and strength of the storm. His comparison makes the terrifying nature of hurricanes into perspective. While standing in the rain, wind, and waves he said about Ida, “It’s basically a 15-mile-wide tornado.” That didn’t stop the veteran reporter from standing in the midst of the storm.
The sheer size and power of the storm can’t be overstated. With precious oil production and facilities being hit hard by the storm. The Gulf is responsible for 15% of America’s oil production and 95% of that production has stopped. There is a very good chance that gas prices will rise temporarily due to these issues. No one will know the damage done until the storm has passed completely. However, there is an expectation that damage will be done.
New Orleans and Louisiana in general have been hit hard by storms over the last 15 years. Of course, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, but every big storm since has only hampered the work done there. It seems there are worse storms every year. Hurricane Ida is the latest to run rampant through the American Gulf Coast. Hopefully, when all is said and done, the damage isn’t unrepairable.