As severe weather slammed the East coast, reporters were out in droves to provide updates on the event. On Thursday, Kathryn Burcham gave her report while standing on a block of ice, and, in one image posted on Twitter, she even appeared to be “floating on an iceberg.” The National Weather Service wasn’t happy about that.
Burcham, a Boston 25 reporter, was in Winthrop, Massachusetts, delivering her report while standing on a block of ice, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
While the block was actually on dry pavement, in a screenshot from her time on air, it appeared to be floating in the water. Burcham’s editor posted that image on Twitter, saying, “Here’s Kathryn Burcham showing why she’s the best in the business. Floating on an iceberg to provide updates.”
The National Weather Service in Boston wasn’t amused by the comment, replying to the tweet: “We do not recommend going out and floating on icebergs; this is a very dangerous situation along the coastline with major flooding ongoing, peoples homes & other infrastructure becoming inundated and damaged; please observe should you have to from a safe location.”
Burcham replied, defending the message, saying, “Luckily we were safely on dry land; the sea ice was on pavement. The water was behind us.” But not everyone thought that was enough.
Viewers also weren’t too kind to Burcham, with many pointing out that, even if she was safe, it may give someone else the wrong idea and may try the “dangerous stunt” themselves.
One tweet called the move “dumb,” particularly since it could “encourage people to get out playing in the ice and water.”
Another Twitter user wrote, “Maybe you should warn kids especially that this is dangerous and shouldn’t be attempted.”
When Burcham asserted she was safely on dry land, the user replied, “I get it. But most of MA kids are home just feel like a disclaimer would have been appropriate. Stay safe.”
On Thursday, Winthrop was inundated with icy sea water as the winter storm slammed the Boston area, leading to historic flooding, including over a foot of water on Winthrop Parkway.