With Hurricane Florence pummeling the Eastern Seaboard, reporters are shooting outdoors in storm-drenched areas to show viewers at home just how serious the storm is.
As a result, Weather Channel reporter Mike Seidel is making a big splash ― but probably not in the way he’d like.
A video of a live segment of him in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows him bracing his feet on where he’s standing, presumably so he won’t be blown over during his segment.
There was just one problem: While Seidel looked as if he needed to guard against the wind and the rain, two people walked behind him as though nothing was wrong and ruined the appearance of dire conditions.
Many Twitter users suspected the shot was just a teensy bit fabricated.
The video reminded people of other times weather people tried to cloud the truth with dramatic license.
Some wondered where the weatherman got his training.
HuffPost reached out to the Weather Channel, which supplied this statement:
“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.”