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19th of October 2018

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Twitter to weather guy reporting on Hurricane Florence: Get inside!

2017%2f09%2f01%2fdc%2f1bw.3febfBy Shannon Connellan2018-09-14 02:25:30 UTC

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas with rising floodwaters and intense winds.

Weather forecasts estimate that the Category 2 storm could dump 17 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia 

But that hasn't stopped reporters from heading into the thick of it. And people are naturally concerned for their safety, especially for MSNBC's Gadi Schwartz, who truly is right amongst it.

The TV reporter bracing extreme weather on camera has become a cliche in recent years, but the reaction to Schwartz's broadcasts on Florence stem more from concern than lighthearted prodding. What's he doing out there, Twitter cried, it's dangerous!

Schwartz is currently reporting from locations around North Carolina, including Radio Island and Beaufort. On Thursday, the seasoned reporter recorded intense live crosses soundtracked by Florence's howling winds to the nice dry newsroom.

"It is treacherous out here, and as bad as it looks right here, we've actually moved locations. I'm using a building as kind of a wind block," reported Schwartz in this dramatic broadcast.

Schwartz literally says the rain is "painful," in this video, which sees the reporter in an alarmingly high wind area on Radio Island, North Carolina.

"It's almost as if we're in a plastic bag," he says. "This wind is extremely powerful."

"It's going to be a trifecta: we've got the worst of the winds, we've got the storm surge coming up and we've also got high tide" @GadiNBC reporting on hurricane Florence from Radio Island, NC

— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) September 13, 2018

Yeah, this is fine:

People posted their concern for Schwartz on Twitter, with many telling him to get the hell outta there. Many voiced anger toward MSNBC for putting him there in the first place. 

@MSNBC The guy out on Radio Island is taking a beating and he’s going to drown. Please get him out of the nasty weather. I’ve watched him for several hours now. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

— Great2bcreative (@Great2bcreative) September 14, 2018

MSNBC please let the weather man on Radio Island (Gotti Schwartz ) come inside!! He has been in the storm for hours and is getting ravaged! Dangerous !!!!

— linda lewis (@lalinny1) September 14, 2018

@MSNBC why is there someone on Radio Island??? Where will he and the camera crew stay??? Can’t watch this!!

— MillieBalf (@MillieBalf) September 14, 2018

There is no need for this reporter to be in such conditions where is the common sense not impressed by this decision to place him in dangerous conditions a report without the dramatics would be more intelligent

— JFO (@jfoliveri) September 14, 2018

They are his employer and ultimately responsible for his safety so they can tell him to get his ass inside.

— Mayra S (@SamSofiMama) September 14, 2018

There are multiple reporters out in the field with Schwartz for MSNBC, so here's hoping they all remain out of harm's way.

Hurricane Florence's center sat approximately 85 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, as of 8 p.m. ET Thursday. You can follow the livestream here, and check NOAA for updates.

Additional reporting by Morgan Sung.

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