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Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore struck
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Posted By: ladydawgfan, 9/30/2022 3:14:28 AM

Dramatic footage showed Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore struggling to stand and being struck by a tree branch while on-air covering Hurricane Ian in Florida. Cantore was reporting live from an intersection in Punta Gorda, Florida, Wednesday when he was nearly taken out by a tree branch as the Category 4 storm bore down on the state’s west coast. The dramatic footage captured Cantore stumbling through heavy rains and 100-mph winds. Cantore was seen placing his hands on the road as he staggered toward a traffic signal. “Give me a second,” he said, barely losing composure as he regained his footing. “You just can’t stand up!”


Well, it had to happen eventually!!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Catherine 9/30/2022 3:34:27 AM (No. 1291606)
About time. These weather people look so foolish standing in the midst of wind and rain. What are they trying to prove?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney 9/30/2022 5:17:35 AM (No. 1291621)
I don't enjoy watching reporters standing in the wind in a parking lot. That makes the report about the reporter. I would rather pull back and see the surrounding area, including a message on the screen that says where the shot is taken.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: mifla 9/30/2022 5:31:30 AM (No. 1291629)
He is lucky he didn't die. Hope it was worth it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Historybuff 9/30/2022 5:43:42 AM (No. 1291637)
Not enough sense to get in out of the rain.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: 3XALADY 9/30/2022 5:46:56 AM (No. 1291640)
It reminds me of seeing Dan Blather [sic] years and years ago hanging on to a palm tree during a hurricane somewhere in Forida, maybe on Sanibel Island.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel 9/30/2022 6:22:43 AM (No. 1291652)
So far all the posters have summed it up beautifully, haven't they? Weather-people, get in out of the can kill you!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: BirdsNest 9/30/2022 6:29:42 AM (No. 1291659)
It's all fun and games til somebody gets hurt.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: foxglove 9/30/2022 6:33:29 AM (No. 1291663)
I’m not buying it. If you watch the video you see him moving to his right and then planting his feet as the tree branch comes toward him. Similar things have happened with a couple other weathermen from TWC. Oh the drama
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Reply 9 - Posted by: lakerman1 9/30/2022 6:41:07 AM (No. 1291666)
It's not a storm until Cantore gets there!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Safari Man 9/30/2022 7:34:34 AM (No. 1291688)
Just off camera was a guy releasing well-aimed tree branches.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bur Oak 9/30/2022 7:35:21 AM (No. 1291690)
One should not listen to his advice if he doesn't have enough sense to stay inside out of the storm.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hazymac 9/30/2022 7:38:37 AM (No. 1291694)
Standing outside in major hurricane winds can be deadly if an object breaks loose and gets propelled into someone's head. One day a hurricane watcher is going to get permanently KOed by a flying object, and the Weather Channel will issue a new set of orders. They're taking chances now. Yesterday Cantore was standing near a couple of twisted road signs that might take flight suddenly. That didn't happen, but I was uncomfortable watching him.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: downnout 9/30/2022 7:45:56 AM (No. 1291697)
Drama queen.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mobyclik 9/30/2022 7:49:23 AM (No. 1291698)
Ever notice how many times the video is being shot from inside a vehicle, probably an earth killing SUV, while our hero is outside in the hurricane...looking stupid?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Strike3 9/30/2022 7:52:23 AM (No. 1291699)
A weatherman being struck in the foot with a blowing branch does not warrant an article. Thousands of people suffered much more than a stubbed toe in this storm.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Clinger 9/30/2022 7:58:57 AM (No. 1291703)
I'm pretty sure Journalism 101 includes a weekly lab assignment in the wind tunnel.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: AGGW 9/30/2022 8:12:27 AM (No. 1291715)
I saw it numerous times. Sorry, but it didn't look like that big of a deal to me.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: anniebc 9/30/2022 8:38:19 AM (No. 1291740)
So unnecessary. They act like we're all dumb. If that tree trunk slapped him hard enough, we'd be hearing about Cantore's soon retirement. But, alas. . .
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Reply 19 - Posted by: red1066 9/30/2022 8:48:14 AM (No. 1291752)
Jim had a tougher time standing up because of the wind than being clipped by the tree branch. The tree branch actually helped him by making him get lower against the wind gusts. When Jim Cantori retires, the weather channel will have an hour long broadcast of nothing but him broadcasting while in snowstorms and hurricanes.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: southernboy 9/30/2022 9:03:07 AM (No. 1291775)
I've been watching TWC since the beginning.... when they had a flip-chart pinned to an easel and using felt-tip pens to track the storms. ....Jim was there! He's getting a little long in the tooth to be doing the on-site stuff. Someone should tell him before he gets hurt!
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Reply 21 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 9/30/2022 9:48:57 AM (No. 1291826)
One of these days, this glory hound is going to be decapitated, live on air, by a flying sheet of roofing tin.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: volksford 9/30/2022 10:25:03 AM (No. 1291866)
' That glorious bastid ..get out the box of medals ! "
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Reply 23 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2022 10:45:30 AM (No. 1291888)
I suspect that it was a special effect. The weather folks have become the biggest hack actors on TV. Boring.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: tearza 9/30/2022 12:18:15 PM (No. 1292026)
Reminds me of a couple years back when a Reporter was in a boat showing how high the water was when two people walk by him in the water with boots on. They are Idiots...
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Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 9/30/2022 1:02:12 PM (No. 1292104)
Re #24, IIRC, that was Anderson Cooper, intentionally standing in a ditch to show "how deep the water is", while the nearby ground level areas were about ankle deep. Cooper was waist deep. I never watched him on TV, just saw the photos of him caught faking it. Here you go:,525&ssl=1
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