A Florida reporter caught viewers’ attention Wednesday when a condom on her microphone flashed across the screen during an outdoor storm broadcast.
NBC2’s Kayla Geller was reporting on Hurricane Ian’s landfall from a parking lot in Fort Myers, Florida, when viewers were distracted by the bulbous rubber cover on her microphone.
“NBC 2 is practicing safe microphone reporting during Hurricane Ian,” tweeted an audience.
“@NBCNewsNow actually pulled out this woman wrapped in a condom holding a mic to her face,” chime in another,
Geller quickly defended the practice on him. Instagram Stories,
“A lot of people are asking what’s in my microphone,” she said.
“It’s just what you think. It’s a condom. It helps protect the gear. You can’t get these mics wet. It’s windy and it’s raining a lot, so that’s what we have to do.” All we have to do is put the condom on the microphone.
Geller’s collaborator, ABC7’s Jeff Butera, then shared a close-up photo of Geller’s microphone.
He tweeted the picture Along with a cheeky caption, “We practice safe storm reporting”
“Yeah, it’s a condom,” she continued.
“There’s nothing better to waterproof a microphone. My Waterman Broadcasting colleague @kylagaler has been fielding a lot of questions, haha. Moment of excitement in this severe storm…#hurricane.”
Strange exchange comes amid worsening conditions on Florida’s west coast, as Hurricane Ian ravages Naples record breaking storm and winds of over 100 mph.
With extreme wind warnings issued for the area around Fort Myers, experts are warning residents of surges of up to 18 feet.
Earlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis warned Floridians that it was also To “safely eject” late From some counties on the track of the storm.
“It’s time to hunker down,” he insisted.