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

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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"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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