As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia roared along Florida’s coastline, CNN was onsite to provide up-to-date coverage of the storm.
In a unique twist, two local men in inflatable ducks unexpectedly disrupted the network’s narrative, drawing attention away from the seriousness of the situation.
The reporter stood in rain gear, attempting to deliver an accurate depiction of Tampa’s conditions, when the kayakers floated by in the background.
“So we’re going to step away from the seriousness of this storm for just one second. You got to bear with me, because this is something you don’t see every day,” said Derek Van Dam during the live coverage.
“Literally, this is a very new way to beat rush hour traffic on Bay Shore Boulevard in Tampa. I mean, look at that. I don’t want to minimize the serious nature of this storm, but this is what people are dealing with in Tampa as we speak,” he added.
🚨#WATCH: As people, paddleboard, bike and float on a large inflatable duck during Hurricane Idalia
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Raw Alerts reported, “Many people have taken shelter in Tampa, Florida, as the powerful Category 3 Hurricane Idalia makes landfall on the northwest coast of Florida. This storm has caused catastrophic storm surges, resulting in significant flooding and damaging winds.
However, some Floridians have chosen a unique approach to the situation. While some are riding their bikes through waist-high water and others are paddleboarding, there are those who want to take it to another level.
Some have even ventured out on a large inflatable duck. As they say, it’s just another normal day in Florida.”