Hurricane Irma: TV Reporters Continue Live Coverage as Their Safety Is In Question
TV news organizations continue with live reporters from Florida as some viewers question their safety and others complain about the interruptions to NFL coverage.
The TV news organizations continue to report live from Florida and other areas being affected by Hurricane Irma.
The hurricane made landfall at 3:35 p.m. Sunday on Marco Island, Florida as a Category 3 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Irma's powerful eye roared ashore at Marco Island just south of Naples with 115 mph winds, for a second U.S. landfall Sunday.
Category 3 storms have winds from 111 to 129 mph, but a 130-mph (21-kph) wind gust was recently reported by the Marco Island Police Department.
More than 2.1 million customers have lost power in Florida with Hurricane Irma striking the state.
As the storm rages throughout the state, broadcast and local TV news organizations continued to report with reporters and camera operators live on the scene, many of whom were seen battling the strong winds and rain as they attempted to bring the latest news on the storm. See some examples below.
Meanwhile, some viewers were questioning the reporters' decision to stay out in the storm.
CNN reporter trying not to get blown away in Miami as Hurricane Irma batters Florida. Hope these reporters stay safe. pic.twitter.com/7vU04fex4P— James Dobinson (@JamesDobinson75) September 10, 2017
Is there a prize given to the reporter who stands in the middle of the craziest weather? Seems like they're competing for something. #Irma— Paul Steinbrueck (@paulsteinbrueck) September 10, 2017
The only reason I'm watching CNN today is to witness Irma decapitate a reporter !!— SloppyJoesRule (@pauljdear) September 10, 2017
Elsewhere, scores of NFL fans were upset Sunday when their games were interrupted by coverage of Hurricane Irma.
theyre really doing hurricane coverage over football right now.... lol wtf? thats what the weather channel is for.— (@pollopajamas) September 10, 2017
My dad is upset because the hurricane coverage is "Messing up the football game!"— lightenupandshoot (@lightenupshoot) September 10, 2017
The real emergency is my inability to watch football at all due to the hurricane coverage.— Loudin (@cooper9652) September 10, 2017
>tfw can't watch football because our local channels are all hurricane coverage— Def Jarrett (@DefJarrett) September 10, 2017
A distraction would be nice
I just wanted to watch some football before the Hurricane comes— LongLiveJeisonKing (@ShawnMalloy_) September 10, 2017