WATCH: Man Does Cartwheel During Hurricane Ida Coverage as Weatherman Struggles to Hold Balance

by Matthew Memrick

A quick clip caught a man doing a cartwheel during Weather Channel reporter Jim Cantore’s live shot on Sunday amid Hurricane Ida. 

The four-second clip shows the man, wearing a blue shirt, making the gymnastic move and stumbling out of the live shot. Cantore leaned forward to brace himself against the wind, wearing a baseball batting helmet.

Meteorologists identified Hurricane Ida as the first Category 4 hurricane of the 2021 season. Lousiana, Alabama, and Mississippi were early targets as the hurricane traveled through the Gulf of Mexico. When it hit land, Hurricane Ida had 150 mph winds.

But despite the danger, many stayed to weather the storm. That included a few who tried to get on TV and disrupt the live weather shots.

One Twitter user said, “@weatherchannel keeps cutting away every time these people come by. Quit it; they’re champions in this situation.”

In another live TV shot, a man in a yellow raincoat walks behind Cantore to get attention.

Hurricane Ida Similar To Katrina

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, some forecasters said Hurricane Ida would be as intense as last year’s Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856. Both were among the strongest storms on record to make landfall in Louisana. 

According to CNN, about half a million people were without power in the region. 

On Saturday, state and federal officials worked to get evacuation orders signed and emergency declarations in order. Sporting events and casinos were closed or postponed for the weekend. Mississippi schools were announced closed for Monday.

Past Issues With Live Weather Shots 

In September 2018, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel got dragged on social media for his challenging walk amid the Hurricane Florence winds. The weathercaster walked in a large puddle of water in Wilmington, N.C., while two younger men walked behind him and away from the camera without any difficulties.

The Rare website reported that a Twitter user named @gourdnibler caught Seidel. The user’s tweet had picked up 250,000 retweets.

The channel defended Seidel, saying that “it was important to know that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete.”

They said Seidel was “trying to maintain his footing on wet grass after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. EST.”

In another dubious clip, a reporter’s staged canoe trip turned into a laughable moment.

Reporter Michelle Koshinski paddles in a canoe after heavy rains hit New Jersey in 2011. As she paddles near Passaic River floodwaters, two men walk in front of her and the camera during the live shot.

Many wondered why she would need a canoe in that small amount of water other than for a staged live TV shot.

Hurricane Ida is expected to move north over the week.