Al Roker’s apology: Al Roker Flood

Published: October 6, 2015

Al Roker’s apology: Al Roker Flood, Al Roker apologized after tweeting this happy selfie during the historic flooding in South Carolina over the weekend.
Al Roker apologized for covering deadly flooding in South Carolina with a smiling selfie.

The iconic NBC weatherman tweeted a photo of himself grinning with his raincoat-clad, two-person crew Saturday. A bright green car trapped in a partially collapsed road sat in the background.

“We came down to report and I offended those who lost so much. I am sorry,” Roker tweeted Monday.

Roker said the woman inside the stuck car got out safely – but the photo was still in poor taste, he admitted.

“I apologize for being insensitive,” he tweet. “We should not have been in the picture.”

The original photo – which was captioned with “My crew and I getting ready to report on East Coast flooding from S. Carolina on @NBCNightlyNews with Kate Snow” – has since been deleted.

The historic, lethal rainstorm battered South Carolina over the weekend, prompting road closures across the state as thousands of rescue workers were deployed.

At least 10 weather-related deaths in South Carolina and two in North Carolina were blamed on the vast rainstorm, including those of five people who drowned in their cars in Columbia alone. A solid week of rainfall also sent about 1,000 to shelters and left about 40,000 without drinkable water.

The storm was likely fueled by much-feared Hurricane Joaquin. While the named system missed the East Coast it created a “fire hose” of tropical moisture that aimed directly at the state. By Monday, the heaviest rains had moved into the mid-Atlantic states, but not before making history in South Carolina.

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