Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore was pulled to the ground by a flying tree branch as he attempted to deliver a report on Hurricane Ian’s path on Wednesday.
Cantore was struggling to deliver a street report in sustained winds of 61 mph from Punta Gorda, Florida, near where the Category 4 beast made landfall. He was hit in the leg by a tree branch, which knocked him to the ground.
As he tried to retreat to safety, he clung to a road sign and told his cameraman, “I’m fine. I just can’t get up.
Ian made landfall in Florida near Cayo Costa, about 90 miles south of Tampa, on Wednesday afternoon after hurtling toward the Gulf Coast with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. This led to power outages, flooding and high winds, causing extensive damage across the region. At least one death has been reported in connection with the storm.
The hurricane is should go up the coastcausing “life-threatening storm surge” Thursday and Friday in northeast Florida and parts of Georgia and South Carolina.
It is the strongest storm to hit Florida since the devastating Hurricane Michael in 2018.
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