He is the bat signal for Category 4 storms and instead of rescuing people, he simply puts himself (and his crew) in harm’s way. Jim Cantore headed down to New Orleans over the weekend to report on Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana, with the city part of its path. It’s terrifying stuff, as Al Roker can tell you. But Cantore didn’t get hit by waves. But he did get mocked and trolled.
The Weather Channel vet was in New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which he covered. Since then he’s become a target of social media memes and jokes. They say that wherever Jim Cantore goes, pain follows. But though Ida is no fun and games, people found a number of his antics worth a chuckle.
While Roker got hit and pounded by waves, Cantore seemed to have no such bad luck. There were the videos of him, all suited up, looking like he was about to be blown over…while people walked around comfortably in front or behind the camera.
— Pete In Florida 🇺🇸 (@pbyrond) August 29, 2021
— Some of u need to pass a test b4 u can tweet 🤷♂️ (@KenGrisham) August 29, 2021
— Lucas Day (@Lukelakers) August 29, 2021
And then this fellow:
Meanwhile, you have someone doing a cartwheel behind Jim Cantore as he does his live coverage of Hurricane Ida. 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/AYYbeNA148
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) August 29, 2021
Utility crew destroys Jim Cantore. pic.twitter.com/UfxNbSlDkQ
— JS (@PortChecagou) August 29, 2021
Cantore’s outfit was so hardcore it included a baseball helmet. People felt that was a bit much.
Jim Cantore rocking the baseball helmet today. It is never good news if this dude is in your city. pic.twitter.com/10wxiZnQPp
— Curt Cramer (@CPCramo) August 29, 2021
Jim Cantore going with the baseball helmet. pic.twitter.com/YbNgEaWZPv
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) August 29, 2021
And then all goes down:
Jim Cantore is down.
I repeat: JIM CANTORE IS DOWN pic.twitter.com/8morYn0Z2x
— Dirtycracker (@dirtycracker) August 29, 2021
Cantore’s reputation is such that, two days before Ida made it landfall, the city was begging him not to visit, lest he brings the chaos with him.
But where is Jim Cantore going to be for Hurricane Ida? 🤔
A humorous sign on the marquee of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway sent him a message today. 📸 by David Grunfeld pic.twitter.com/DHY47WwXcV
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) August 27, 2021