Jim Cantore, a well-known meteorologist from The Weather Channel, is frequently in the eye of the storm – or should I say, he reports live on location during some of the worst tropical storms and hurricanes each year. On Wednesday, as Hurricane Ian hit Florida with great force, Cantore was right in the thick of it. He often ends up being featured in viral videos due to his proximity to danger during these
Just as Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, Cantore was reporting from Punta Gorda. He stood in the middle of an intersection to show audiences how difficult it is to stand up with wind gusts reaching 110 mph where
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After that, Cantore ran across the street and clung to a street sign to keep from being blown over by the wind. The Weather Channel anchor kept asking if he was OK. “I’m just going to let you guys look at the pictures,” Cantore said as the howling wind rendered his voice faint. He then stepped out of camera sight. As he had promised, Cantore then showed them the photographs.
Hurricane Ian struck near Cayo Costa at approximately 3:05 p.m
As of 5 p.m. EDT, the maximum sustained winds were near 150 mph, according to Weather.com
A second landfall followed at 4:35 p.m Harper, a small town located south of Punta Gorda, was hit by a severe storm with winds reaching up to 145 mph.
Before it made landfall, heavy rains pummeled the west coast of Florida, causing considerable damage.
A storm surge warning is still in effect for areas west of the coast, while a hurricane warning has been issued from Tampa-St. Petersburg to Charlotte Harbor.
The storm is now a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. There is an unusual extreme wind warning in effect until 6 p.m. EDT for Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Fort Myers. This means winds of at least 115 mph are expected. The storm will pass through Petersburg, through Orlando, and up to Daytona Beach.)
Jim Cantore has become a celebrity since joining The Weather Channel, with Nora Zimmett, president of news and original programming for The Weather Group, calling him “He’s just a science nerd who made it cool to be super smart and passionate about the weather.” According to USA Today, this is the 109th storm that Cantore has covered live. “He’s just a science nerd who made it cool to be super smart and passionate about the weather.” said Nora Zimmett, president of news and original series for The Weather Group. He’s just a science nerd who made it cool to be really smart and enthusiastic about the weather.”
Even though Cantore has been in a multitude of treacherous situations, he’s never once been injured by a storm. “We at the Weather Channel do not put people in harm’s way, and the times we have felt we’ve positioned (reporters) too close to the heart of the storm, we will move them if they don’t have sufficient cover,” Zimmett said.bullet style’text-align:center;’>Cantore wears Kevlar vests daily along with goggles and helmets–standard equipment for all crew members. There are also Safety Meetings held each day attendance is mandatory.
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