Deemed one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the history of the United States, Hurricane Ida brought intense winds the force of which became vividly clear to Fox News viewers when reporter Robert Ray was thrown to the ground twice while live on air, as Mediaite reports.
While speaking to network personality Jon Scott on Sunday, Ray likened the hurricane’s wind gusts to “a train,” adding that he had to take refuge in a parking garage because “its just not safe out there at all.”
Attempting to add a bit of scientific data to his reporting, Ray continued, “I’m going to step back slowly because I have an anemometer that I’ve been checking the wind speeds with. We have had gust up to almost 90 miles per hour, sustained over 60. And the second I step out, you’re going to see…”.
That is when the drama factor of Ray’s reporting escalated rapidly, with the correspondent being blown several feet to the side after trying to pop outside of the parking garage, before making his way back into his original spot. Watch:
Undeterred, Ray attempted to demonstrate the true force of the gusts once more, saying, “I just want to show you the power of this wind right now, very close to the Mississippi River,” at which point he was sent reeling all over again, though he was able to quickly regain his footing.
The massive Category 4 storm, which washed ashore on Sunday, cut power to the entirety of New Orleans, tore roofs off of buildings, and even reversed the flow of the mighty Mississippi, as the Associated Press noted. At least one death has been attributed to Ida, that of a person who was found deceased as the result of a fallen tree at a residence in Prairieville, Louisiana near Baton Rouge.
Concerns about significant flooding continued to grow well into Monday, with Gov. John Bel Edwards explaining, “This is going to be much stronger than we usually see and, quite frankly, if you had to draw up the worse possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing,” the AP added.
Ray summed up the situation succinctly in his report that was strikingly memorable in its physicality, bluntly stating, “This is no joke, folks. Everything outside in New Orleans right now and many spots is unraveling and falling apart.”