Sky News viewers were shocked to see a reporter thrown over while reporting on Storm Ciaran.
Wild weather has swept across western and southern England, forcing the closure of hundreds of schools, the outage of thousands, and the destruction of roofs by 104mph gusts.
Jersey has been one of the most hit locations so far, with the storm being labelled a’major event’ and inhabitants facing hailstones up to 9cm long.
This morning, authorities said they suspected a ‘tornado ripped through’ a section of the island, where power outages, floods, and property damage were common.
So, with the weather anything from tranquil, Sky News viewers couldn’t help but be surprised to see journalist Ashna Hurynag out in the open in St Helier on the island.
While she was dressed warmly, her attire couldn’t keep the lashing gusts at bay, with Ashna saying she’d ‘never felt wind speeds like this’.
She shared: ‘It has to be said, I’ve never felt wind speeds like this.’
‘We’ve been told that wind speeds have exceeded 100 miles per hour and just by looking at the sea behind me you can see those huge waves crashing onto the seafront,’ she continued.
Then, while recounting the requests for help that emergency services had received, she stumbled off the curb she’d been standing on and her face vanished from the screen for a brief period.
‘Sorry it has to be said. It’s so windy!’ she exclaimed.
As she went to continue another gust of wind hit and she had to grab her beanie to stop it from flying off.
Powering on, she then said that the 999 service had received more than 100 calls, but somewhat ironically added that ‘it just goes to show you, we are sheltering’ as she continued to be battered by the winds.
The video was quickly circulated on the broadcaster’s social media accounts, prompting viewers to voice their displeasure.
‘Feel sorry for the weather lady,’ one person commented.
‘This looks scary,’ another added.
However, many others said reporters shouldn’t be sent out into the conditions.
‘Why put reporters in harm’s way?’ one person questioned.
‘There are warnings of a threat to life so your producers decide it’s wise to stand your reporter out in it. Wouldn’t it be safer just to set up a camera and not risk anyone’s safety,’ someone else shared.
Another person wrote they ‘didn’t get’ the need to ‘stand reporters out in extreme conditions’.
‘We’d still believe you if you were indoors, near a window,’ they said.
But reassuring people, Ashna reshared the clip and captioned it: ‘Top team with me on the ground taking on the elements (in a safe manner ofc).’
Two amber ‘danger to life’ wind warnings, the second highest level of alert, are in place for parts of the south coast of England, together with further yellow rain warnings.
People have been advised to ‘stay indoors as much as possible’ as the storm makes its way across the southern coasts.