As we speak, Ida is still hitting the Gulf Coast states hard, in particular Louisiana and Mississippi. While she’s now been downgraded to a tropical storm, she made landfall Sunday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, inflicting catastrophic damage along her path, knocking out power to millions of people, and literally leaving the city of New Orleans in the dark 16 years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.
While our thoughts and prayers are with all who have been impacted by this storm and the first responders and various utility crews who will brave the elements and step in to save the day, making America proud as they always do, we’d also like to share with you some pretty wild clips coming out of both states that are quite different from the usual fare we get when these natural disasters take place.
First up, while this one is not “different” from what we typically see from the Weather Channel during extreme weather events, this piece wouldn’t feel right without the obligatory “Jim Cantore walks against the wind” video, complete with overturned dumpster:
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 29, 2021
Second, we can now thankfully confirm that RedState senior editor Joe Cunningham, a Louisiana resident, is okay thanks to videos that surfaced on social media that showed him doing cartwheels during various Cantore live segments:
Jim Cantore in a helmet & a guy doing a cartwheel.
Weird times. pic.twitter.com/XjRrUuvon4
— Brian Shields, WFTV (@BrianWFTV) August 29, 2021
Flawless. 10/10. pic.twitter.com/EgKQkfT7MY
— Kegan Reneau (@KeganReneau) August 30, 2021
And in what was a seriously wild moment, MSNBC correspondent Shaq Brewster was attacked on live TV while reporting from the Mississippi coast:
"Hey, hey, hey, hey! … There's a lot of crazy out there."@craigmelvin reacted after a man confronted NBC News correspondent @shaqbrewster live on air while he was reporting on Tropical Storm Ida from Gulfport, Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/bI83OKeTFW
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) August 30, 2021
— Matt Hope (@hopes_matt) August 30, 2021
Fortunately, Brewster and his film crew are okay:
Appreciate the concern guys. The team and I are all good!
— Shaquille Brewster (@shaqbrewster) August 30, 2021
Lastly, here’s Today Show co-host Al Roker literally telling his Twitter critics “screw you” in response to claims that he’s “too old” to be covering hurricanes. Judging by the footage of him out in the middle of the storm, it looks like he’s doing a pretty good job of it:
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) August 29, 2021
Maybe coulda done without the “feet in tub” footage, though:
For all those who were worried about me out on #lakepontchartrain covering #Ida 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 to be doing this, try and keep up pic.twitter.com/DctJBFKD0D
— Al Roker (@alroker) August 29, 2021
Unless you’re a weather dude/gal or a reporter tasked with covering it, don’t be out in this stuff, please. Stay safe, y’all.