Moment Sky News reporter falls over live on air after being sent out into Hurricane-force winds during Storm Ciaran – as Good Morning Britain viewers slam ITV programme for sending its journalists to seafronts despite warnings to stay away
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This is the shocking moment a Sky News reporter is knocked over live on air as she battles with Hurricane-force winds while reporting on Storm Ciaran.
Ashna Hurynag was speaking a short distance from the stormy coast of St Hellier, on the island of Jersey, when she was pushed to the ground disappearing briefly from screens.
The Channel Island have faced the brunt of Storm Ciaran so far, with dozens of people being evacuated from their homes as roofs were blown off and windows were smashed in, with winds set to reach 110mph.
As the correspondent battled with the winds as she spoke to her colleagues back in their London studio, she admitted to viewers: ‘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 added, before she briefly disappeared from the screens.
Standing back up, she awkwardly chuckles adding ‘you can see the way those winds pushed me over just then’ before warning members of the public watching to ‘stay at home’.
It comes as Good Morning Britain viewers slammed ITV for also sending its journalists out to face the brunt of the storm to report on the weather bomb, despite the gale force winds and torrential rain.
Ashna Hurynag was speaking a short distance from the stormy coast of St Hellier, on the island of Jersey, when she was pushed to the ground disappearing briefly from screens
Another Sky Correspondent Dan Whitehead was also sent out to face the storm in Cornwall where he talked about the amber weather warning
Good Morning Britain viewers slammed ITV for also sending its journalists out to face the brunt of the storm to report on the weather bomb, despite weather forecasters of winds speeds up to 110mph
Jonathan Swain was seen in Bude, Cornwall, as torrential rain continued to pour on him while Richard Gainsford spoke from Brighton in East Sussex, while waves crashed against the sea wall.
READ HERE: Britain wakes to Storm Ciaran: Commuters told to work from home, hundreds of schools shut and ‘major incidents’ declared as 104mph gales hit
The weather bomb has led to emergency workers warning people to stay away from coastal paths amid fears 35ft waves could sweep passersby into the sea, while the Met Office issued an amber ‘risk to life’ warning over flying debris.
Many viewers tuning into watch GMB this morning slammed the broadcaster’s decision to send journalists out into the dangerous storm as ‘totally irresponsible’, despite warning the public not to go outdoors.
One wrote on social media; ‘Crazy, there you are warning people there is a risk to life particularly near the seafronts so GMB just send out reporters into it, not just 1 but 3 different places absolute madness and totally irresponsible.’
Another said: ‘Typical GMB sending a reporter then telling everyone to stay inside.’
‘Weather warnings so what do GMB do? Send reporters to stand in it,’ a third added while a fourth said: ‘Why do programs do this this to the poor weather guys.. We know what cold and windy looks like. Get them indoors with a cup of tea.’
ITV reporter Jonathan Swain was seen in Bude, Cornwall, as torrential rain continued to pour on him
JERSEY: Dozens of people on the Channel Island have been forced to take refuge in a hotel after winds in excess of 100mph from the storm damaged property.
KENT: The weather bomb has led to emergency workers warning people to stay away from coastal paths amid fears 35ft waves could sweep passersby into the sea
Those watching Good Morning Britain this morning slammed the show for sending out reporters into the dangerous weather conditions
Sky viewers also blasted the studios decision to send their reporter out into the treacherous weather.
One wrote: ‘There’s 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 anyones safety.’
Another said: ‘People are being evacuated. I know, Let’s send a reporter to this dangerous island.’
The storm hit the UK overnight creating chaos on the roads while commuters were told to work from home where they can and hundreds of schools shut its doors.
Flooding is expected in 54 areas, according to the Environment Agency, most of which are on the south coast of England.
A major incident has been declared in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight because of the expected pressure on local services.
In Jersey, people have been forced to take refuge in a hotel after winds in excess of 100mph from the storm damaged property.
In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, police said four further people had been moved to other accommodation with winds reaching a top speed of 102mph.
Meanwhile Cornwall Council said that more than 8,500 homes in the county are without power due to the storm.
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