Monday, September 1, 2008

Go Inside

I'm watching footage of Gustav (Poor Louisiana) and I always think it's so weird that they have the weather people out there in the storm.

I remember during the last hurricane here, seeing their ponchos whipping around their bodies, tree limbs skittering by, an obvious lean and sway to the camera, and the fear on their faces and thinking that it was totally unnecessary.

Seriously, don't risk some dude's life to make hurricane footage a little more exciting for my sake. It's usually exciting enough and being captured effectively on the weathercams or through windows. The people living through it really don't enjoy the added drama of this human element, you're usually freaking out enough without worrying about the local weather guy.

Just thought I'd put that out there before one of them gets killed. I don't really even like to see them getting all wet and being blown around. It's just not necessary.

9 comments:

Joy said...

I remember being in Gulf Shores just before Ivan hit, and the amount of tv crews showing up there was crazy

jennyandcompany said...

yes, they are stupid.

we are in central LA and will still get hit pretty hard. my city is usually a major evacuation site, but they are calling us an impact site this time and trying to get other people to shelter somewhere else so we can shelter our own that live in low areas and trailors.

it's hanging around the coast right now, but we are getting wind and rain already, and should feel it through tomorrow night. fun times.

lorelb said...

I have to say that I totally agree with you, being born and raised on Florida's gulf coast, I've always been disturbed by the weathermen and women out in the storm, ironically telling others to get inside but not being inside themselves...

Brianna said...

I agree with you completely! I can't believe that with the technology we have now, news channels still send people out in such dangerous conditions.

And I love, love, love your title picture at the top of your blog!

Angela said...

very good point!

Tara said...

Yeah, you can thank an idiot reporter in Houston named Wayne Dolcefino for that one. He was, apparently, the first reporter to go out in a hurricane and nearly get his ass blown away (too bad it didn't happen). Houston reporters also like wade into hip deep flood waters and with electric microphones and then warn people not to go into flood waters. A lot of sense that makes.

kristin said...

Amen sister! Did you see Geraldo today standing at the edge of the levee? He waved the cameraman forward, "Come here and get a shot of the water coming over the levee" and of course the dumbass cameraman did. Jesus Geraldo, just tell me the water is coming over, you don't have to put your hand in it. Moron.

Dana said...

As a Mississippi girl, I have to say .. . .what about "poor Mississippi"? We were sereiously overlooked in Katrina and seemingly overlooked in Gustav. I like to think it's because we were helping ourselves instead of screaming for someone to help us. Oops - I hope that doesn't offend!

It's been foever since I commented, but I still love me some Ashley!

Dana

Dana said...

Crap - can I edit my comment?? SERIOUSLY. See, I can spell even if I am from Mississippi . . . Nursing & typing is my excuse.

Dana