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RTE reporter Teresa Mannion on Storm Desmond coverage that went viral: 'I was in a bubble of gale force winds'

Published 07/12/2015

Storm Desmond may have blown over but the same cannot be said of the reaction to RTE reporter Teresa Mannion's coverage of the weekend's weather event.

The Galway-based journalist whipped the internet into a frenzied storm after she was caught up in inclement weather conditions during a broadcast for the Six One News on Saturday.

Speaking to the Herald, she said that she has dried off and thawed out after the experience.

She added that she was thrilled by the reaction her report received and was happy that the safety message resonated with so many people.

"I was in a bubble of gale-force winds and heavy rain," she said. "I had my ear piece in and turned up to full volume so that I could hear the studio in Dublin, and I was being pulled this way and that," she added.

"Visually, I think the message could not have been clearer in terms of telling people how treacherous it was to be out in the storm."

The clip has gone viral online and people shared a dance remix clip of it on social media.

"It is so funny. I just cannot stop laughing watching it," she said.

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Motorists struggle through Storm Desmond floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim
Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Motorists struggle through Storm Desmond floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 4/12/2015 Motorists struggle threw floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim. Warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued as Storm Desmond is to hit across Northern Ireland and the Republic this weekend. Pic Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Rescue workers help a lady and her dog in Carlisle after heavy rain from Storm Desmond tore through Britain
Carlisle suffered with some of the worst flooding
Two youths dive into the sea at Salthill in a video that has been viewed online over a million times
A driver abandons his stricken car near Maguiresbridge
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
Flooding in Co Tyrone on Sunday after Storm Desmond brought sustained periods of heavy rainfall to Northern Ireland. Pic: Martin McKeown.
The Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was damaged by flooding during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
Anita Ross at the Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was flooded during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
The Boudoir designer boutique in Dungannon which was damaged by flooding during Storm Desmond. Pic: Matt Mackey/Press Eye.
Storm Desmond brought high winds and choppy waters to Galway
Emergency workers use a boat in floodwater on Warwick Road in Carlisle, after heavy rain from Storm Desmond tore through Britain, bringing strong winds and heavy rain which caused Cumbria to declare a major incident. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Emergency workers use a boat in floodwater on Warwick Road in Carlisle to rescue a resident
Flooded roads in Appleby in Cumbria, as Storm Desmond hit the UK
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend
Motorists struggle through floods in Glenavy, Co Antrim, amid warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as Storm Desmond arrives in Northern Ireland this weekend

"The Super Ceili video is wild but the safety message is very good in it, because they keep replaying my voice saying 'don't make unnecessary journeys, don't take risks on treacherous roads'," she added.

"I have never experienced the Twitter machine in operation like that before. The phone has not stopped ringing and I have acquired thousands of followers out of nowhere. For the crew and I, physically that was one of the toughest weather reports.

"I knew that I was carrying a very important message and it was very important to drive it home," she added.

"Some swimmers went into the water at Salthill and I was so taken aback that anyone would get into the water during that stormy weather.

"The council said that their actions were idiotic because they were putting other people's lives at risk if they had to be rescued."

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