Hurricane Coverage, or Commentary on the Media?

Hurricane Coverage, or Commentary on the Media? Photo (cc) by NASA Goddard Photo and Video

We’ve all seen – and been puzzled by – the flock of reporters who seem compelled to stand outside during hurricanes in an apparent attempt to show viewers at home what the weather looks like when it hits a person. These reports are always accompanied by a warning not to “try this at home,” because conditions are too dangerous, except presumably for those with cameras and microphones.

The following video features a reporter who should have followed this advice for a completely different reason. Watch a little of the video below from WTTG meteorologist Tucker Barnes. You don’t need to watch it all, just check it out, then read on below to find out why he should have stayed in the live truck.

So now you’ve seen the foam: Here’s the rest of the story, according to TVSpy.com.

“The foam — or as Barnes described it, ‘organic material’ — he is standing in, however, is actually raw sewage that collected in the water during Hurricane Irene… Fox News — which did a segment on the sea foam this morning — reports that exposure to the material can actually be very dangerous. ‘It can kill birds,’ Dr. Marc Siegal said. ‘It has pollutants in it. It has bacteria in it. It has proteins in it. And prolonged exposure can even cause birth defects.’”

The next time you see a reporter warning you to stay home during a hurricane, you’ll finally have reason to believe them.

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