You know trouble is coming when Jim Cantore shows up.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page
Jim Cantore is not welcome in Santa Rosa County as Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida Panhandle.
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office certainly does.
“Everyone knows what’s in store when Jim Cantore shows up,” it posted on Facebook Monday. “So we issued a little notice.”
The Weather Channel’s star meteorologist has built his reputation on bravely reporting from the middle of hurricanes, blizzards, droughts, dust storms and anything else Mother Nature can throw at humanity.
The latest thing it is throwing is Hurricane Michael, which is churning toward Florida’s Panhandle. In preparation for the worst, the sheriff’s office posted a trespassing warning.
It designated Cantore as “a person of interest” and said he could visit Santa Rosa County under special conditions: Non-business related visits only. Winter months preferred.
Fortunately for Cantore fans who like to see him on the beach trying to stand up to howling winds and surf, the warning was a joke.
The sheriff’s office was just having a little fun. Call it the laugh before the storm.
“This is not a real trespass,” the post read. “We like Jim, just not under these conditions.”
So he will presumably be on the beach doing his thing. Hopefully he will do a better job of it than colleague Mike Seidel, who was last spotted overacting during Hurricane Florence.
Seidel intrepidly braced himself against a stiff breeze while two guys sauntered by in the background.
If Seidel shows up and tries that stunt during Hurricane Michael, the sheriff’s office should arrest him for impersonating Jim Cantore.
David Whitley is a member of our Community Conversations Team. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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