CNN interviewed a man from South Carolina who had decided to ignore evacuation orders before Hurricane Florence, but viewers were more concerned that the reporter omitted mention of the colorful parrot perched on his shoulder.
Correspondent Nick Valencia I speak Myrtle Beach resident Jim Darling on Wednesday, asking him about the preparations he had made for the hurricane and why he had decided to stay. But there was only one thing on everyone's mind.
& CNN is interviewing a guy with a parrot as if there was not a parrot. You have to go to the parrot man. The parrot is one thing. Literally, the parrot is not mentioned, "Angela Fritz tweeted.
Correspondent Nick Valencia spoke with Myrtle Beach resident Jim Darling on Wednesday, but viewers were frustrated that he had not mentioned the parrot on Darling's shoulder.
Myrtle Beach was one of many southeastern cities that were virtually deserted on Thursday morning, after evacuation orders were issued to 1.2 million people in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
Meteorologists believe the category two storm could spew 10 trillion gallons of rain alone in North Carolina, plus 110 mph winds and a potentially deadly storm surge.
But Darling seemed indifferent after his Costco store, explaining to Valencia that he had seen other hurricanes in the past and that he would rather be at home than being "stuck in a hotel somewhere."
Valencia explained that the local mayor had ordered everyone to leave or risk their lives as much as those of 911 respondents, but the interviewee was still resolved.
Darling explained that he was not worried about the coming storm, since the parrot relaxed on his shoulder.
"I'm not really worried, and I will not call anyone to come and help me, I can take care of myself," Darling said, as he showed the food, water and battery supplies in his shopping cart.
HURRICANE FLORENCE IN NUMBERS
The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still deadly hurricane Florence began to lash out at North Carolina on Thursday.
As the monstrous storm progresses for a prolonged stay, here is a breakdown by numbers:
- Florence clocked Winds of 110 mph on Thursday after having been demoted to a Category 2
- The storm was already generating 83 feet waves in the sea on wednesday
- Storm Threats That Threaten Life Up 13 feet they were also predicted in some areas
- It is predicted that Florence will accumulate 40 inches of rain in some areas after touching land in North and South Carolina
- Potentially 10 billion gallons of rain is expected in the southern states in the next week
- An estimate 10 million people live in areas that are expected to be under a hurricane or storm warning
- Until 1.7 million people they were ordered to evacuate before the hurricane
At this point, Maximus the parrot jumped into the car, after spending the previous minute of the interview perched on Darling's shoulder facing the camera.
The timid bird cast an occasional glance at Valencia, but seemed impassive at his moment of fame.
When CNN returned to anchor Brooke Baldwin, she stopped him gently for not mentioning Maximus. "We had not prepared for the parrot," said Baldwin.
& # 39; I had not prepared myself for that. His name is Maximus, I thought it was quite cold, "replied Valencia.
"You seemed pretty cold too with the parrot a few inches away from you, we wish the man and the parrot all the best," Baldwin added.
Other viewers also took to Twitter to express their frustration. & # 39; Interview the bird! & # 39; Reid Vineis pleaded.
"Waiting for a follow-up of Maximus after the storm," Tommi Rincon wrote.
A user called "youperfect", meanwhile, sent Maximus his best wishes, writing: "I've always wondered what kind of people disregard all warnings and get into trouble at the end.
– I finally got the answer. I hope the parrot is well. Let's pray for the parrot. "
Viewers took to Twitter to complain that Maximus had not had his moment in the spotlight
Presenter Brooke Baldwin said she struggled not to laugh when the parrot appeared on the screen