Frolicking around in Irma

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Reporters have been seen braving the hurricane winds but is it necessary? (Source: CNN) Reporters have been seen braving the hurricane winds but is it necessary? (Source: CNN)
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I started thinking about it this weekend when a storm chaser, not a reporter for any established organization, wanted to take a wind speed measurement with a hand-held device. Instead of safely sticking his hand out the window, he got out of the car.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here for YouTube video of storm chaser (Source: @simonstormchaser)]

That seemed a little bit over the top for me. But then I started seeing his video EVERYWHERE.

On the same day, in Florida, the Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes, with winds topping 100 miles an hour, gets hit by something airborne.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here for YouTube video of Bettes getting hi by debris (Source: Weather Channel)]

Bettes is the same guy who’s crew drove into a tornado a few years ago and almost got everyone killed.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here for YouTube video of vehicle getting by a tornado (Source: The Weather Channel)]

Back to Irma with this Miami reporter learning firsthand what hurricane strength winds would be like.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here for YouTube video of hurricane winds blowing reporter away (Source: CBS4, Miami)]

And when this reporter almost got hit by a traffic sign, I’d seen enough.

[MOBILE/APP USERS: Click/tap here for YouTube video of reporter nearly getting hit by a traffic sign (Source: The Poke)]

Despite all the colorful radars and wind charts and forecasters and meteorologists, Irma was real and was having a real impact in Florida. And you don’t get that from a weather map, you get that from people reporting from the storm. No reporter should take unreasonable risks. We teach our reporters at 3TV and CBS 5 to NEVER be outside when lightning is around.

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And, yes, I think the first guy featured in this blog is way over the top and just doing it for the theater, trying to go viral. But when you think about it, isn’t that what we’re all trying to do?

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