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Storm Desmond: RTE TV presenter Teresa Mannion praised for ‘dramatic’ live report rain and gales

Teresa Mannion perseveres with her live dispatch during a torrential downpour and strong winds

Kate Ng
Sunday 06 December 2015 15:20
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TV presenter Teresa Mannion braces herself in the middle of Storm Desmond
TV presenter Teresa Mannion braces herself in the middle of Storm Desmond

An Irish TV presenter has been praised after continuing her live weather report despite being battered by rain and gales from Storm Desmond.

Teresa Mannion, from Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), attracted widespread admiration among social media users with her report from Salthill, Galway.

A video posted by RTÉ News shows Ms Mannion soaked to the skin and bracing herself against the wind, while shouting into her microphone.

She explains how “treacherous” conditions are in the north-west of Ireland and pleads with the public not to make “unnecessary journeys”.

“Don’t take risks on treacherous roads,” she continues. “And don’t swim in the sea. Incredibly, people have been spotted in the water here in Blackrock and Salthill, both today and yesterday.”

Watch updates on #StormDesmond from Teresa Mannion at Salthill in Galway and Joe Mag Raollaigh at Dublin Airport. For more, see RTÉ News.

Posted by RTÉ on Saturday, December 5, 2015

According to RTE, Ms Mannion made it back to the station safely.

The video has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, with some calling for RTE to give Ms Mannion a raise or a medal.

An electronic dance music remix of her report was also posted on YouTube.

It comes after Storm Desmond caused chaotic scenes across the UK, leaving thousands of homes without electricity in north Wales, Northern Ireland and North Yorkshire.

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