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Weather Channel defends reporter caught swaying in Florence wind if 2 people walk behind him

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Tropical Storm Florence with the mouse still over the Carolinas

The storm made landfall just two miles from the point that the National Weather Service predicted five days ago, and has barely moved since.

As the Hurricane Storm Florence scourged by the Carolinas with howling wind and heavy rain, a journalist who was caught attempting to keep it together as the wind seemed to whip at him, but he was ridiculed when two people were seen running behind him with little effort.

The viral video has more than 13.6 million views, showed Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, in an attempt to fight against the heavy wind as he reported live from the storm on Friday.

So dramatic! Dude from the weather channel bracing for his life, like 2 dudes just a walk in the past. #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/8FRyM4NLbL

— Tony scar. (@gourdnibler) September 14, 2018

“This is about as nasty as it is,” Seidel said.

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A few moments later, the camera panned away, and two people were seen walking behind Seidel, who have no problem with the wind.

Social media users mocked the reporter, and claimed he was exaggerating the storm.

“So dramatic!” a social media user tweeted with the video. “Dude from the Weather Channel bracing for his life, like 2 dudes just walk past.”

The Weather Channel defended Seidel say that he was “an attempt to get his foot on the wet grass,” while the two people seen in the background walking on concrete, The Washington Post reported.

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“It is important to note that the two people in the background walking on concrete, and Mike Seidel is an attempt to get his foot on wet grass, after notification of in the air until 1:00 am ET this morning and is undoubtedly exhausted,” the channel said in a statement.

Hurricane Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm hours after making landfall on Friday. The storm was once a powerful Category 4 storm, but it was a slow Category 1 storm when it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina, on Friday. Hundreds of people were saved in New Bern, North Carolina, on Friday. At least seven people, including a mother and a child, were killed in the storm.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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