An RTE TV reporter became a viral hit on Saturday, delivering a sodden report from a street in Salthill, Galway, while battered by wind and rain from Storm Desmond.
Approaching the segment as though she were behind enemy lines, under sniper fire and facing imminent capture, Teresa Mannion pleaded with locals not to make “unnecessary journeys” or “take risks on treacherous roads.”
Live updates on #StormDesmond from Teresa Mannion at Salthill in Galway and Joe Mag Raollaigh at Dublin AirportPosted by RTÉ News on Saturday, 5 December 2015
“And don’t swim in the sea,” she shouted at the shaking camera. “Incredibly people have been spotted in the water here in Blackrock in Salthill today and yesterday.”
This is a video purporting to show two boys swimming in the sea at Salthill during the storm:
According to RTE, Mannion made it back to the station uninjured.
— Terryglass Community (@CommunityOfTG) December 5, 2015
That poor woman, battered 💨 #teresamannion— Susan Buckley © (@SuBuckley) December 5, 2015
Is Teresa Mannion reporting the weather or making a mean and moody pop video? pic.twitter.com/D0vzAJt5fU— S (@TheShiftyShadow) December 5, 2015
It looked like Storm Desmond was holding her entire family hostage & their safety depended on how she delivered that report! #TeresaMannion— Maria McCann (@riacann) December 5, 2015