Can­tore capers go too far

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE -

Jim Can­tore needs to have some sense knocked into him, and a fly­ing 2X4 al­most did it Wed­nes­day in Panama City Beach.

The Weather Chan­nel’s celebrity me­te­o­rol­o­gist had to dodge the piece of wood that was trav­el­ing at killer speed while he re­ported on Hur­ri­cane Michael.

I’m glad Can­tore wasn’t knocked into the Gulf of Mex­ico. But se­ri­ously, hasn’t the weather ver­sion of Stupid Hu­man Tricks gone too far?

It’s be­come cliché for TV re­porters to make like war cor­re­spon­dents land­ing at Nor­mandy dur­ing the D-Day in­va­sion when­ever a hur­ri­cane hits. That’s fol­lowed by peo­ple mak­ing fun of them for be­ing such drama queens and kings.

It’s all fun and games and rat­ings un­til some­body gets im­paled. Then hey, it’ll be re­ally good rat­ings! But is it worth it? Frankly, I’d just as soon not see The Weather Chan­nel start run­ning snuff films.

No­body is more of a drama king than Can­tore. But un­like most of his co­horts, he doesn’t seem to do it just for the drama.

He’s sort of the Wal­ter Cronkite of weather — knowl­edge­able, se­ri­ous and re­spon­si­ble.

Given that, Uncle Jim should have known that Wed­nes­day wasn’t the usual gig. Michael brought with it the dead­li­est winds to ever hit the Pan­han­dle.

I think it’s good that TV crews were there. So were a lot of nonTV re­porters. It’s their job to be where the news is, and TV does it with vi­su­als.

But you don’t need a mete­o­rol­ogy de­gree to know when to come in out of the rain. The live shots from ho­tel bal­conies of the

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