DRAMATIC footage captured the moment a meteorologist was knocked over by a tree while covering Hurricane Ian.
Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was hit with rain and 100 mph gusts while delivering a bulletin in Punta Gorda, Fla. on Wednesday.
Dramatic shots captured the moment a tree rushed toward Cantore, knocking him down.
Cantore put his hands on the road as he tried to cushion the impact of the fall.
Then he climbed to a traffic light that was being whipped by the wind.
Cantore said, “Give me a sec” while trying to regain his composure.
He later described Hurricane Ian as “one of the worst” storms he had covered.
He said: “It could be the worst when it comes to covering 25+ years and 90 storms.”
The spooky moment came just years after he had to duck a flying piece of wood while covering Hurricane Michael.
Hurricane Ian continues to pound Florida after making landfall just after 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
The storm made landfall near Fort Myers — about 24 miles from Punta Gorda.
More than two million Floridians are without power after transformers exploded and power lines were blown down by the winds.
“DESTRUCTIVE AND VIOLENT”
Street signs were caught by the wind and hurled across the freeways.
FOX weather reporter Robert Ray branded Ian as “complex, destructive and violent” as he shared footage of widespread flooding from Fort Myers.
Fort Myers experienced a record 25-foot storm surge, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
And a shark was seen thrashing about in the rising tide.
Cape Coral retiree Jim O’Brien told the New York Times his home was flooded.
He said: “It was pretty ugly. We had high winds, high surf and more than four inches of water in the house.”
Meanwhile, an emergency room at a Port Charlotte hospital was flooded and part of the intensive care unit’s roof was ripped off.
dr HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital’s Birgit Bodine announced that patients on ventilators had to be evacuated.
Bodine added, “As long as our patients are doing well and nobody is dying or having a bad outcome, that’s important.”
Footage showed firefighters unloading a flooded truck in Naples, fearing it could catch fire.
The National Hurricane Center has said Ian is expected to “appear over the Atlantic” later on Thursday and is likely to deliver “inundating rains”.
The storm has since weakened as winds of 75mph were reported, according to the NHC.
Forecasters have warned between 12 and 18 inches of rain could fall across central and northeast Florida as the storm sweeps across the Sunshine State.
Up to 30 inches of rain was seen in some areas, meteorologists said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned, “It’s going to be nasty, nasty two days.”
He predicted that Ian would be among the top five worst hurricanes to ever hit Florida.
A state of emergency has since been declared in North Carolina and Virginia as officials prepare resources to deal with Ian’s aftermath in the coming days.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin said, “Hurricane Ian is a large, powerful storm and current forecasts indicate it could impact parts of Virginia later this week through early next week.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6326865/jim-cantore-hurricane-ian-tree/ The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore is hit by a tree in scary footage captured during Hurricane Ian