Florida reporter wraps microphone in condom: ‘Safe hurricane coverage’

Reporting in a hurricane is a dangerous job, and it’s important for journalists to protect themselves and their equipment.

A savvy reporter caught viewers’ attention Wednesday for doing just that when he covered Hurricane Ian near Naples, Fla., while holding a condom over his microphone.

WBBH-TV’s Kyla Galer cleared the air with an Instagram story after wondering what bewildered social media users were watching.

“That’s what you think,” Gaylor said. “A condom. It helps protect your gear. You can’t get these mics wet. It’s windy, it’s raining. is to do.”

Another local journalist, Jeff Butera of WZVN-TV in Naples, called in to help his colleagues ask questions about the technology.

“We practice safe hurricane reporting,” he quipped. “Yes, condoms. Nothing beats waterproofing a mic.”

Major Category 4 Storm landed in Florida Wednesday afternoon near Cayo Costa, about 90 miles south of Tampa. Within hours, widespread power outages, escalating floods, storms, and significant damage occurred. At least one death has been reported.

the storm is expected to migrate to the coastA “life-threatening storm surge” hit northeastern Florida and parts of Georgia and South Carolina on Thursday and Friday.

This article originally appeared on huff post and updated.