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Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel nearly impaled by Hurricane Michael debris (video)

October 11, 2018

Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel nearly impaled by Hurricane Michael debris (video)

It’s what Jim Cantore does. When a hurricane kicks up, the Weather Channel meteorologist runs right into the middle of it. During Hurricane Michael on Wednesday, however, Cantore came dangerously close to proving why it’s never a good idea to be outside in the middle of a hurricane.

In a live segment from Panama City Beach, Florida, where the Category 4 hurricane made landfall at midday, Cantore stepped outside to demonstrate the strength of the storm.

“It’s relentless,” Cantore shouted over the roar of the wind before looking up and dashing off camera as a chunk of storm debris -- a piece of 2-by-4 lumber, it would appear -- flew though the spot where Cantore had been standing moments earlier.

Wow, Jim Cantore almost got speared by a 2x4 live. #HuricaneMichael pic.twitter.com/8qUsao0PQj— David Magee (@sfslickdawg) October 10, 2018

The footage originally aired on The Weather Channel and soon began going viral online.

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Michael had torn a wide path of destruction through the Florida Panhandle and was headed into Georgia as a surprisingly well-organized Category 3 hurricane.

At one point Wednesday morning, the storm had become so bad that Cantore’s Weather Channel colleague Mike Bettes said via Twitter that he and his camera crew were going to try to evacuate their post in Apalachicola, Florida.

“We feel confident in the building we’re staying in is strong but not confident that US 98 will be intact and an escape route for us after the hurricane. Better safe than sorry,” Bettes tweeted.

Within an hour, they had reconsidered, following the advice of authorities who repeatedly urged residents against trying to evacuate during the hurricane.

″(Weather) is too bad to drive now,” he wrote in a follow-up post. “Our crew will be staying put in Apalachicola. We have sturdy shelter, are a good distance from the water, and have a lot of supplies.”

Earlier in the day, Gen. Russel Honore, who directed the military response after 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, confirmed on MSNBC that the Cajun Navy -- an all-volunteer group of boat owners from Louisiana -- had already pre-deployed to Florida and were waiting for winds to decrease before executing water rescues throughout the Florida Panhandle.

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