The video had been viewed more than 3.6 million times and had received almost 60,000 retweets as of Friday evening. It also led many people to mock the reporter for his demeanor reporting on the storm.
The Weather Channel noted in a statement to The Hill that the reporter was standing on wet grass and was “undoubtedly exhausted.”
“It’s important to note that the two individuals in the background are walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is trying to maintain his footing on wet grass, after reporting on-air until 1:00 a.m. ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the network said.
Hurricane Florence made landfall on Friday morning near Wrightsville Beach, N.C., according to the National Hurricane Center. Florence was downgraded to a Category 1 storm and further downgraded to a tropic storm on Friday evening.
Still, officials have continued to urge residents to heed local evacuation orders and have preparations for the storm.
Several deaths linked to the storm have been reported, including a mother and infant who police in Wilmington said were killed when a tree fell on their house.